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Switching your energy provider is likely to be the only way to consistently reduce your monthly payments…. but what if you are stuck in a tariff like a lot of people are and you can’t yet move. My tariff is changing very soon (of course increasing!) which prompted me to write this post for those that aren’t yet able to move providers. Here’s my tips on how to still save on your energy bills WITHOUT switching.
Get a smart meter
The smart meter itself is NOT going to save you money it’s what you do with the smart meter that will save you money. It will make you more aware of your surroundings. It will make you turn that landing light off before someone tells you ‘it’s like Blackpool Illuminations in this bloody house’ because you can see for yourself in real time your energy usage going down. Ok maybe not from just switching that one switch but if like us you leave it on every single night when the kids go to bed; turning it off every single night is bound the save you something!
Check your estimates
Many energy providers ‘guesstimate’ your meter readings. Yes guess! How can they guess how much energy you’ve used? It’s crazy! Read your meters and resubmit. My most recent bill was £250 based on estimate readings. I resubmitted with the actual readings and it went down to £190. Never ever ever pay a bill that shows estimates!
Pay by direct debit
It’s not always cheaper to pay by direct debit but do check as you may find it is.
See if you are eligible for any Government grants
You can check out the government website to see if you are eligible for any grants to help you with your fuel bill or to improve your fuel efficiency.
Use an eco option where possible
Not everyone owns a dishwasher or washing machine that has an eco option but if you do USE IT! My dishwasher eco cycle does take longer but it’s saving me money as far as energy is concerned. Also take note of the efficiency rating on your next household appliance. Ideally you want as high a rating as possible with the highest being A+++.
Turn off appliances at the plug
100% I am guilty of NOT doing this. I don’t turn ANYTHING off at night and I need to start doing what I preach because Money Supermarket says that it will save me on average £30/year.
Wash your clothes at a lower temperature
I’ve been doing this for a while to be fair and while you might think ‘oh but the clothes won’t actually ever get clean’. As long as you are using the right detergent trust me they are. I use the Dettol Antibacterial Laundry Cleanser that makes sure the clothes are clean even at 20 degrees!
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Thanks so much for reading!