Winter’s on its way, start saving today

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Unfortunately summer is all but a distant memory as we edge further into the autumn season. Leaves are changing colour and we’re beginning to notice a fall in temperatures.

For many, the central heating has been turned back on, kicking off a cycle which will last all through the winter months.

Bills are generally a little higher during this period but they don’t have to break the bank, especially if you try to save some money by following some handy, energy reduction tips.

Appliances  – It’s amazing just how much money can be wasted by a phone charger left plugged in or a TV ignored on standby. Make sure everything is fully switched off and take plugs which are not being used out of the socket.

Water  – Your kettle has to work twice as hard if it is trying to boil more  water than you need. Similarly, washing machines can still clean clothes on a lower heat and showers are just as effective on a lower pressure. Tricks like these add up over the months, lowering bills.

Smart Meters –  These devices control your bills, automatically submit regular metre readings and help keep a firm grasp on energy usage.  Speak to Spark about getting a Smart Meter installed and you will immediately notice the energy savings.

Insulation – Loft insulation prevents heat from exiting your home through the roof. Ten inches is recommended and you’ll really spot the difference. There is government-backed grants available to help absorb the costs, saving a lot of money in the long-term.

Chop-Cloc – These nifty little devices turn the heating off for a portion of time every hour to reduce your energy consumption and save you money on bills. They can really make an impact upon monthly statements and if you’d like to find out more, visit the Chop-Cloc website.

Thermostat – turning your heating control down by a couple of notches will help to save the pennies and keep your home nice and cosy in the process.

Light bulbs –  While now pretty common, make sure all your bulbs are energy saving, cutting bills dramatically.

Hopefully the winter weather won’t be too harsh, but hints like these will to keep your house warm without too much of a shock when the bill arrives.

If you want to know more about how to save money on your bills, visit our new energy saving tips page.

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