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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 halogen downlighters with LEDs, which could typically save around £35 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.
  • Switch appliances off when they're not in use rather than leaving them on standby. This can save around £30 a year.
  • 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. The better the energy rating, the less electricity the appliance will use.
  • If you're buying a new television, think about the size of the screen. In general, the smaller your television, the less it will cost to run. Plasma televisions also use more electricity that other TVs.

In the kitchen

  • Do the washing up in the sink or 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.
  • Defrost your freezer every six months - this will ensure it runs 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.
  • Fix any dripping taps. A dripping tap can waste the equivalent of half a bath every week.

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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