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Published on 18 September 2017 02:30 PM

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The darker and colder nights are drawing in and we are all starting to turn the heating up in the evenings. This time of year utility bills tend to get higher. With a few simple steps you could save money this autumn on your energy bills.

1. Switch off Standby

Did you know items running on standby, such as TVs and radios account for around 10% of a typical home’s electricity bill? Turn off appliances at the plug as part of your daily routine and if you are away overnight or going on holiday.

2. Be shower smart

Spending one minute less in the shower each day could save you around £6 on your energy bills each year.

3. Draught proof

Unless your home is very new, you will lose some heat through draughts around doors and windows, gaps around the floor, or through the chimney. Draught proofing your home could save you as much as £25 per year.

4. Keep in the heat

Make sure that radiators are not obstructed by furniture. Be sure to ask someone to help you if it is heavy. This simple action will keep your rooms warmer and allows the heat to circulate more easily.

5. Fancy a cuppa

Filling your kettle up with only the water you need could save almost £7 on your energy bills a year.

6. Turn off lights

Turn your lights off when you’re not using them. If you switch a light off for just a few seconds, you will save more energy than it takes for the light to start up again, regardless of the type of light. This will save you around £14 on your annual energy bills.

7. Take Power NI’s home energy check

Answer some simple questions about your home and you’ll also get a free energy report on how energy efficient your home is.

Take the Home energy check

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Article by Power NI. Source for points 1-6: Energy Saving Trust

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