What the F: Be a savvy saver this summer

With the substantial increase in household bills soaring across the UK, it is evident that people up and down the country are looking for tips and tricks in the hopes of reducing and limiting their expenditure.

Water

  • Swap baths for showers – a shorter shower uses a third of the water it would use to fill a bath.
  • Unneeded running taps – leaving the taps to run whilst doing short tasks, like brushing your teeth or shaving, can pose largely on water usage when considering it is an everyday task.
  • Small wash cycles – by doing large loads of laundry instead of completing numerous half-cycle washes per week, you will save enormous amounts of wasted water and energy
  • Using a dishwasher instead of washing up in the sink – while washing and rinsing small items in the sink may feel like you’re reducing amounts of water, it instead causes litres of water to be wasted, which is why its more efficient to pop any dirty dishes into the dishwasher, wait till its fully loaded and allow a full cycle wash.
  • Look at getting a water meter – This may not suit every household, which is why it’s important to look into as it could save you money. Money-saving expert and bill-reducing icon Martin Lewis suggests looking into it if you have “more bedrooms in your home than people or the same number”.

Gas

  • Install a smart thermostat – there are many advantages to installing a smart thermostat. Due to the technology used inside this gadget, it can understand household patterns in usage and adjust the temperature based on when the home is occupied and not occupied. This effectively will reduce the time that heating and cooling systems are turned on, therefore, reducing the amount of gas.
  • Insulate your home – if you struggle to stay warmer in the colder months, it might be worth investing in properly insulating your home. Loft insulation is a great place to start as heat rises, and in a house with no effective insulation, the main exit of heat will be via its roof. It will pay for itself in the long run.
  • DIY heavy curtains – if you want to take a more hands-on approach and avoid large sums of money, DIY some heavy curtains to keep heat in during the colder months.
  • Hang your washing out –  as summer is now upon us, making the conscious effort to hang up your washing in the garden, balcony, or on an inside airer will surely see you saving.

Electricity

  • Turn off standby appliances – you will reduce wasted electricity by turning off appliances that are not in active use or aren’t used at all, such as turning your TV off at the wall.
  • Use stand-alone devices – using stand-alone devices such as laptops, tablets and phones as opposed to desktop computers; you will reduce your daily power consumption.
  • Be more efficient when cooking – by using lids on boiling pans and using the right the hob, and utilising the correct kitchenware when cooking, you are more likely to speed up the length of time that the appliance is on for.

Thanks to Boiler Central for revealing the best tips and tricks on how to think smart and be a savvy saver when it comes to reducing the cost of household bills.

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