Every penny counts at the moment, so it is worth making adjustments to your energy use even if they will each only save you a few pounds a year. These are things that do not involve any investment.

 

Switching appliances off

 

There are lots of appliances that draw power even when they are on standby. Figures published by British Gas earlier this year suggested that turning off your TV and set-top box would lead to savings of about £24 a year. Since then prices have gone up, so the potential savings are higher.

 

Switch off your lights

 

The Energy Saving Trust says it takes more energy to leave a light on than it does to switch it back on, even if it is only off for a few seconds. Get in the habit of leaving rooms dark when you are not using them.

 

Go easy on the tumble dryer

 

It might put you off buying a tumble dryer or give you a good excuse not to do the ironing, using a tumble dryer for 10 hours a month will cost about £43 over a year. If you can cut your use, the savings will quickly add up.

 

Spend less time in the shower

 

A one minute shorter shower will cut your energy bill by £4 a year for each person in your household, the Energy Saving Trust estimates. On top of that, there will be savings on water if you are on a meter.

 

 

 

If you’re already with the cheapest energy supplier in your area, you’ll find out immediately and there will be no need to switch. The only thing that you will have to do is make sure you are on their cheapest tariff.

 

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