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It has been a pretty tense week for many people when thinking about their energy bills. With news of the energy crisis hitting headlines every day this week, what it means for each person is different – one thing is for sure though, energy bills are set to rise.

On this note there are a few things you can do to use less energy – so here are 5 tips:

  1. Unplug your chargers

Did you realise that when chargers are plugged in and not being used, they are still using almost as much energy. The same goes for leaving TVs on standby. All the electronics around the house will add up, so do a quick audit and see where the main culprits are in your home.

2. Upgrade to LED lightbulbs

LED bulbs with save £’s as well as carbon. They are one of the quickest ways to ensure your household is greener. They are long lasting and bright yet they use a fraction of the energy of other bulbs.

3. Wash at 30 degrees

By simply turning your washing machine temperature down and washing less wherever possible, you will save energy. Washing machines and tumble driers are energy zappers when it comes to consumption. Try and dry your washing on the line and see if you really need to put on all the loads you currrently are.

4. Turn down the thermostat

By just turning down the thermostat you can save energy. If your radiators have individual controls make sure you use them and turn them right down in rooms you are not occupying. This may seem like it isn’t worth it, but it really is. Heating a room you aren’t using is false economy and it will save on your carbon footprint too.

5. Take showers not baths

Heating water costs energy and a shower is more efficient with its water use. Though even a shower can use quite a lot of energy if you love to stand there for a long time. If there are a four people in a house doing the same thing, you can see how the energy use mounts up.

With the few tips above you and your family could sit down and make a plan of ways you can use less energy. As mentioned a few times, this will be good for your bill and your carbon footprint. If you are struggling with your fuel bills, our LEAP service may be able to help you. Check to see if you are eligible here.

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