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How To Save Money On Your Winter Energy Bills...

October 16th 2012
By: Melanie

Here are a few simple, fairly inexpensive ways you and your family can save on energy costs this winter:

• Make sure you properly insulate your loft space, with good insulation you could save up to £100 per year on your heating bill.

• Turning down your central heating thermostat by 1 degree could give you a saving of around 2-10% per year on your heating bill, every degree you turn it down you will be using 3-5% less energy.

• Pay by direct debit to your energy supplier, and move to an online or dual fuel tariff. Monthly direct debit is on average £100 cheaper per year than paying by cash or cheque. Check out price comparison sites for the cheapest energy rates on the market, but make sure you go to sites which are accredited with the Consumer Focus confidence code logo.

• Consider switching to economy 7 or economy 10 for your electricity, economy 7 gives you cheaper electricity at night time, and economy 10 provides 10 hours of off peak electricity between night, afternoon and evening.

• Encourage your family to turn off the lights throughout your home when they are not in use.

• Turning off appliances rather than leaving them on standby such as computers, satellite boxes, phones, washing machines, dishwashers could save the average householder between £50-£86 per annum.

• If you are planning to stay in your home for a few years then installing a wood burner could be a good way of heating your main sitting room, as wood is still relatively inexpensive. Or if you have an open chimney, you could be loosing up to 80% of your heat, by installing a wood burner, you would enable you to save 80% of the energy produced by burning wood.