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Stop leaving appliances on standby
A recent study carried out by uSwitch found that British homes waste £227m every year, by leaving appliances on standby. The research found that 76% of households leave electronic devices on standby, with TVs, phone chargers and digital television boxes the items most frequently left on.
The results were surprising given that 81% of consumers admitted to being aware that devices should be turned off at the mains, but 24% either forgot or could not be bothered to do so. Getting into the habit of switching off your gadgets at the mains is a sure-fire way of cutting your bills not just this winter, but year round.
Find out if your previous energy supplier owes you money
In September, the big six pledged to return £153m to past customers who had switched away while they were in credit. Although in the vast majority of cases any credit should be returned when you switch, in some instances energy companies have been unable to refund past customers.
If you switched provider in the past six years, believe you were in credit when the switch took place and did not have your money returned, then contact your previous energy supplier. According to the “MyEnergyCredit” campaign, the average credit balance of homes owed money is £50.
Switch to a cheaper energy deal
If you haven’t run a price comparison in the past few months, it’s a good idea to do so now. There are some sub-£1,000 deals on offer from energy suppliers at the moment, which are the cheapest the market has seen in years. This is particularly important if you have a fixed energy plan ending.
Switching ahead of winter also means you’ll reduce your energy rates during the period of the year when you’re likely to be using the most energy due to the cold weather. Be quick though – it usually takes four to six weeks for a switch to go through. Remember you can switch and save even if you rent your home.
Consider getting a smart thermostat
Google’s Nest Learning Thermostat, British Gas’ Hive, ScottishPower’s Connect and tado° are four of the best known smart thermostats on the market. Each has its own unique functionalities, however, as a general rule each will grant you unprecedented control over your home’s heating system. This is done by providing you with data around your consumption, remote access to your heating system and, in some cases, learning from your behaviour and adapting your home’s temperature accordingly.
At the moment, npower is offering an interesting bundled deal, which could prove enticing for anyone looking to purchase a Google Nest Learning Thermostat. According to Nest, US based customers typically save between 20% on their heating and cooling bills.
Be creative and prepared
Saving energy doesn’t have to be a chore and you can be as creative as you like when it comes to cutting energy bills. For example, some appliances use much more energy than others, so try to minimise their use. These include kettles, irons and hair dryers. Challenge yourself to cut down the amount of time that you use them each day.
Also when it starts to get cold, turn off your heating just before getting to bed, that way you won’t be heating the room while you’re wrapped up in blankets. You can also set your heating to turn on a bit before you wake up to make sure it’s warm when you get up.
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