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Changes to your behaviour that can help save money

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Published on 14/12/2021

When it comes to energy saving, there are lots of small changes you can make around the house to help keep you warm and lower the bills.

There are lots of little things you can do around the house that will help save energy and money that just require tweaks to our behaviour rather than buying expensive new tech, making draft excluders, or installing gadgets.

Firstly, most energy companies will install a smart meter for free which can help you to monitor your energy use and spending.  A good tip is to have the meter in your kitchen so that everyone in the family can see how much energy is being used and what they can help you cut back on.

But there are other small changes to your daily routine that cost nothing and save energy.

  • Spending less time in the shower – could save you up to £10 a year.
  • Turning off the lights – could save you up to £14 a year.
  • Turning down the heating – Could save you up to £55 a year.
  • Don’t overfill the kettle. Filling a kettle for two cups of tea rather than boiling a full kettle could save you around £45 a year
  • Put lids on pots and pans when cooking – it’ll be done quicker and lets you turn the cooker off quicker.
  • Defrost your freezer – it will work more efficiently

 

A mantra to live by is ‘heat the humans not the building’ so chuck on a jumper when you are cold.  Don’t always have your thermostat on if you aren’t cold, and don’t heat rooms that you aren’t in.

And finally, there is the old favourite,  if you’re cold, put on an extra layer – several thin layers of clothing will keep you warmer than one thick layer, as the layers trap warm air between them.

What are your top tips for saving money?  Let us know in the comments below!

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