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10 ways to cut your energy bills even more

15 October 2016 | Blog

If you’ve switched to Fairerpower, congratulations – you’re already saving money on your energy bills! But there are so many ways you can save even more. Here are ten ‘quick wins’…simple things you can do every day to reduce the amount of energy you use.

1. Keep your meter readings up to date
It’s easy to just let us read your meter once a year…but that means we’re having to use estimates to calculate your usage for the rest of the year! Much better to make sure you send us regular meter readings every one or two months – it’s a great way to see how much energy you’re using, and stay in control of your account. Plus you’ll only pay for energy you’re actually using!

2. Watch your heating
Over half the money you spend on fuel goes on heating and hot water. So having a room thermostat, programmer and thermostatic radiator valves can save you money – between £80 and £165 a year – by giving you control over which parts of the house you heat and when. Turn your room thermostat down by just one degree, and you’ll save an extra £85-90 a year too!

3. Get smart
The latest smart heating controls are designed to give you even more control, giving you a more accurate understanding of your energy use and even letting you set the temperature remotely via a smartphone app.

4. Plug those draughts!
Older homes in particular can lose a lot of heat through draughty doors and windows, gaps around skirting boards and floors and up the chimney. DIY draught-proofing is a relatively easy job, but could save up to £35 every year.

5. Shower less…
One minute less in the shower every day can save you around £10 a year per person. If you have a water meter you could save the same again in water and sewerage bills – so a family of four could save a total of up to £80!

6. Heads you win!
If your shower takes hot water straight from the boiler or a tank (i.e. it’s not an electric shower), a water efficient shower head can almost halve your usage and still feel powerful. In fact, with four people in the house it could save around £67 a year in energy and another £100 on your water bill.

7. Cut down in your kitchen
There are several ways you can cut your energy use in the kitchen. Saving around £50 a year is as easy as: using a bowl to wash up rather than a running tap (£30); only filling the kettle with as much water as you need (£7); and using your washing machine for one less cycle a week (£5 in energy, £8 in water).

8. Standby savings
If you leave appliances on standby, you could be wasting up to £30 a year! So turn them off at the plug – almost all will be fine, apart from satellite and digital TV recorders that may need to be on to record the programmes you record (if you’re unsure, check the appliance instructions).

9. Turn out the lights…
When you’re not using them, turn them off – switching off even for a few seconds saves more energy than it takes to start up again, so you could save around £15 a year.

10. Switch on to LEDs
LED spotlights are now bright enough to replace halogens; use them together with energy saving bulbs to replace old-fashioned bulbs, you could save around £35 a year.

So what are you waiting for? You’ve already made a good start on cutting your energy bills with Fairerpower, now let’s change a few habits and really rack up the savings!

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