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Our Top tips to save energy at home.

We’ve tried to be as realistic as possible with these suggestions. For example, you could use a lot less electricity if you hang your clothes outside to dry, instead of using a radiator or tumble dryer. But let’s be honest, we live in Britain, so this is great for the 5 days of summer we have but realistically isn’t practical.

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Switch off or unplug any charges or appliances you don’t need on
This may sound strange but if they have stand-by light or are hot to touch, they will be using energy.

Washing at a lower temperature will use less electricity
Washing at 30ºC rather than 40ºC can save you a third of the cost to run the cycle.

Keep out draughts from your home
Try using secondary glazing film as a cheap alternative to double glazing. Film for 4 windows should cost around £8.

Empty your vacuum cleaner regularly
A full one will use more energy than an empty one to do the same job, as it will take longer to do the same amount of work, as well as being more likely to break down.

Think in advance when setting your heating
Set your heating to come on 15-30 minutes before you need it on, and off 30 minutes before you go to bed.

Not using a running tap will save energy and up to £25 per year
Use a bowl to wash up rather than a running tap and save £25 a year in energy bills.

Switch to LEDs
You can now get LED spotlights that are bright enough to replace halogens, as well as regular energy saving bulbs. If the average household replaced all of their bulbs with LEDs, it would cost about £100 and save about £35 a year on bills.

Turn off the lights to save energy
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.

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Rhys Boven
Rhys Boven
Rhys Boven is the Managing Director at leading energy brokers Switched On Energy. Most people have no idea if they are paying the correct amount or are on competitive terms, Rhys uses his expertise in the industry to help his customers make more money, save time, have less stress and peace of mind. Connect with Rhys Boven on LinkedIn >>

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