Energy bills are set to rise by hundreds of pounds a year across the UK.
With households facing a substantial annual increase from April, we are all thinking about ways to cut costs.
Ofgem announced this week
The energy price cap will increase from 1 April for approximately 22 million customers.
Those on default tariffs paying by direct debit will see an increase of £693 from £1,277 to £1,971 per year (difference due to rounding).
Prepayment customers will see an increase of £708 from £1,309 to £2,017.
A number of energy suppliers have given their tips on saving energy – and money – which include some very simple tips.
One thing the energy suppliers all seem to agree on is that making small changes can make a big difference and by following their advice you could save hundreds of pounds a year.
These are some of the tips shared by energy suppliers – including changing how you use your kettle and washing machine.
Wash clothes at 30C unless they are really muddy
Only use the washing machine when you have a full load
Use the shortest, coolest, lowest water machine cycle possible (which won’t always be the one named eco)
Try not to use a tumble dryer as often
Dry your clothes outside during nice weather.
Don’t leave the tap running while washing or brushing your teeth
Swap a bath for a shower
Try to use the shower for just four minutes at a time
Turn taps off properly, a dripping hot tap wastes water
Food and drink
Try to use your dishwasher less often
Cook meals in a slow cooker
Only fill the kettle with the water you need and no more
Fill your freezer, using cardboard or water bottles to fill any gaps
Use a microwave where possible, they are more energy-efficient and quicker than the oven
Around the home
Turn off your lights when you leave a room
Make sure you have energy-efficient bulbs
Don’t leave appliances on standby
Don’t leave laptops and mobile phones on charge unnecessarily.
Turn the thermostat down by 1C
Turn off radiators in rooms not being used
Bleed your radiators
Move furniture away from radiators to allow heat to circulate
Close your curtains or blinds at dusk
Fit radiator reflector panels on exterior walls – or put aluminum foil on the wall behind the radiator
Use draught-excluding form tubing for windows
Use a draught-excluding brush for your letterbox on keyholes on exterior doors
In Conclusion reading through the advice from our larger UK energy suppliers
Each and every one of us can help save ourselves money by making just a few small changes to our homes and encouraging all family members to do the same.
For schemes, grants and benefits to help with Home Energy please visit Ofgen for further information