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How to cut your electricity bill

Follow these steps to make sure you’re not wasting money on your electricity bill.

In every room

  • Turn off the lights when they are not needed, although always be sure you have enough light to see and move around safely. You could also consider replacing all the remaining old-fashioned bulbs with CFLs and all the halogens with LEDs, which could typically save around £30 a year.
  • Keep radiators and heaters clear so hot air can circulate. Don’t forget to draw your curtains and tuck them behind radiators to minimise heat loss.
  • Don’t leave mobile phones on charge overnight and unplug chargers when not in use - they can still use electricity even when not connected to anything.
  • Make sure doors and windows are draught-proofed to avoid loss of heat, that includes covering key holes and letterboxes where cold air might get in.

In your living room

  • Choosing Energy Saving Trust-recommended appliances could help you save money every year.
  • Appliances left on at the wall, such as your TV, could be costing your household around £30 a year. Make sure you switch it off when not in use.

In the kitchen

  • Do the washing up in a bowl rather than under running water to save around £30 per year, and only boil the amount of water you need for hot drinks.
  • Use the right sized pan for what you are cooking and keep lids on as much as possible to reduce heat loss.
  • Wait until you have a full load before running the washing machine or use a half-load setting. Set the washing temperature to 30C – this can save £6 per year.
  • If your fridge-freezer is 15 years old or more, it may not be energy efficient. Finding an energy efficient model will save you money.Tenants can ask their landlord to buy a newer model if the current one is faulty or not performing efficiently.

In the bathroom

  • Shower instead of taking a bath. A short shower uses less water and less energy to heat it than a bath.
  • Don’t set the water temperature too high. 60C should be fine for most people.

For further information about saving energy in the home, visit the Energy Saving Trust website. You can call the Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300 123 1234.

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