How to save energy this winter

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Figures released have discovered that the typical energy bill for a three-bed house is £98 per month and this total is set to rise over the colder months as we will use approximately 40% of our yearly energy consumption during winter. The good news is there are ways in which you can save energy and lower your bills.

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1.      Turn down your thermostat

Did you know you can save up to 10% on your heating bills just by turning down a thermostat by one degree? Set your thermostat so when it reaches a certain temperature, the heating automatically comes on. You can also turn down your heating at night when you don’t need it to be so high.

2.      Turn off standby

How many of us still leave our electrical appliances on standby? Many people think it’s just their television sets but it’s also washing machines, microwaves, dishwashers, etc. Figures published in The Guardian state that 8% of electricity we use comes from appliances on standby. By turning off the appliances you’re not using, you could save around £30 a year.

3.      Insulate your home

With a quarter of household heat escaping through a roof, it’s a worthwhile investment to insulate your home which can last for at least 40 years and save you £200 a year. Houses built from the 1990s will already have suitable insulation but for older houses, it could be unlikely that they have wall insulation so you could be losing money year on year.

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4.      Invest in double glazing

Despite the initial expense, converting to double glazing can save you, on average, £100 during a year. Losing less heat through your windows is essential to keeping yourself warmer over the winter and avoiding high fuel bills. If you’re based in the Midlands, and for double glazing in Leicester in particular, use a company such as who will advise you on upgrading to triple or double glazing which will increase insulation further.

5.      Switch off your lights

While saving up to £14 a year might not be a large amount, turning off your lights when you’re not using them, even for a few seconds, will help reduce your fuel bills. Further discounts could be made by switching to energy saving bulbs or LED lights, which could amount to £35 per year.

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