How to save on your winter houshold bills

⁠As winter draws ever nearer and energy bills begin to climb, we wanted to share some simple steps to save money on your household bills with small changes that will make a big difference.

1. Turn down the thermostat

By turning the thermostat down by just 1 degree, you could take 10% off* the cost of your heating bill. Although we don’t recommend a cold home, reducing the temperature by a degree or two can make a huge difference to your pocket.

2. Regularly read your meters

Relying on an estimated meter reading from your energy provider may result in you paying more. By submitting regular meter readings, you’ll only pay for what you use.

3. Turn lights off

Lighting accounts for 19% of the average household’s electricity bill - it’s a huge amount and something that you can reduce in a number of ways. You could turn lights off when you no longer need them or go one step further and replace your ordinary bulbs with energy efficient bulbs.

4. Draught-proof your home

Draught-proofing your home involves making small changes to keep the cold air at bay. Draught-proofing around windows and doors has the potential to reduce your heating bill by *up to 10%.

5. Turn down the radiators

If you don’t use every room in your house, you can turn down certain radiators and close the doors to unused rooms to save money.

6. Close the curtains

Chose thermal lined curtains, or add thermal lining to your existing curtains. Open your curtains during the day to warm your home, but be sure to draw your curtains again at dusk to trap any heat inside the room.

7. Insulate your home

The amount of heat a home needs each year is largely dependent on how well insulated it is. Our advice: insulate your loft, insulate your walls and insulate your hot water tank.

*According to the Energy Saving Trust, 2016

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