The coldest part of the year is approaching and although the autumn weather has been mild, it's increasingly likely that you'll be turning the heating on a more regular basis!
Energy prices are soaring, so every little bit you can save will help. Of course the first thing you should do is to get yourself on a competitive energy tariff, but there are also other ways you can save on your gas and electricity bills.
So here's a rundown of the best energy saving tips that we received from you in our recent competition…
#1 "Move into smaller rooms in the house. It is cosy, cheaper to heat and makes a warming change as you keep the doors shut and snuggle in for those long winter nights." Janice, Vale of Glamorgan
#2 "Put the plates to warm in the oven and then turn off the gas (or electric) just before end of cooking time, same with vegetables etc. cooking on the hob." Diana, Bristol
#3 "My mum being very frail I provided her with remote controlled plugs for her lamps and TV equipment. This meant she could turn them on and off from her chair, thus making her life easier and saving her money as she disliked having the TV on constantly but found it a struggle to keep getting up. Remote controlled plugs can be purchased very cheaply now. Timed motion sensor lights in the hallways were fitted to come on and go off automatically to light her way. A hot water dispenser that heated just the right amount of water for her drinks also saved her money."
#4 "Take advantage of the Government scheme to get cavity wall insulation. Best thing I ever did!" Fiona, Bedfordshire
#5 "Switch lights off around the house as much as possible. Dining or having a bath by candlelight gives a much better ambiance. It is also useful if you are eating something unappealing and you can imagine it is something far more tasty. I would not however advocate candlelit shaving which can be quite challenging not to mention painful…" Richard, Bristol
#6 "I have a white meter which gives cheaper electricity overnight - so I use my washing machine and dishwasher overnight by filling them and setting them on a timer before going to bed. This means that almost 40% of my electricity bill is at a cheaper rate than if I did these things during the day." Anne, Fife
We were quite taken aback by the level and the quality of responses we received, so thank you to everyone who entered. We'd also like to thank energyhelpline.com for judging the best energy saving tips for us.
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