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Make a saving of £512 for Christmas

Overspent a little this festive season? Switching energy plans or following basic energy saving tips are great ways to cut down costs

When it comes to Christmas, a lot of us have a tendency to overindulge and overspend with the aim of having the perfect day with the family.

From switching energy plans, 1 in 10 uSwitch customers saved £512* off their annual bill — a great way to cut back following the pricey costs of Christmas.

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So what could your savings get you?…

£512 could buy you the following measures of festive cheer:

  • 6827 christmas cards
  • 512 stalks of brussel sprouts
  • 256 meters of tinsel
  • 135 novelty turkey hats
  • 26 secret santa gifts
  • A holiday to Lapland

Christmas energy saving

If you’re one of the savvy consumers who regularly switches to ensure they’re on the best possible deal, give the gift of £512 in savings by helping a friend or family member to switch.

There are also a few other ways over the Christmas period that you can make savings on your energy — even when you a have a full house:

Stay warm, cut costs

You may think twice about cranking up that thermostat knowing that adding just 1°c can cost you up to £60 a year. There’ll be more people at home in the run up to Christmas so it’ll automatically be a warmer place to be.

Switch it off!

Endless amounts of gadgets means that more than ever, kids are plugged into the latest tech. This Christmas will be no different. While there’s no point trying to curb the trend, try to remind the little-uns to switch off when they’re finished playing to help reduce any unnecessary charging time.

Put on a full load

With many people having a busier house up to the Christmas season, there are often more dishes to wash and clothes to clean. With this in mind, be sure to make the most of a dishwasher or washing cycle by packing them full. Setting the temperature of both machines to 30°c will not only ensure your clothes and dishes remain spick and span (you can even pop it down to 15°c), but also your finances. Did you know that 90% of the energy used by a washing machine is used heating the water?

Seal up those draughts

British homes can be very draughty, and even more heat is lost during windy weather, so be sure to draught-proof your home. According to the Energy Saving Trust, this can save you up to £50 on your annual heating bill, so be sure to keep an eye on the letterbox and any draughty spots under doors.

* Save up to £512 on your energy bills: Between 1st December 2014 and 31st May 2015, at least 10% of people who switched energy supplier for both gas & electricity with saved £512 or more.

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