Seven energy saving tips to reduce your monthly bills

With the cost of living crisis affecting so many of us right now, from rising food prices to fuel costs and our energy bills, Female First has these seven exclusive tips from CUBES founder Jo Gilbert, an energy sector expert. CUBES (www.mycubes.uk) is a consumer champion, helping you manage your electricity bills effectively, saving you time and stress and in some cases money.

Jo Gilbert

The reason I chose these seven energy saving tips from an extensive list of 69 available on our website is that not only will they save you money, they are now really easy to implement. It’s not about going to the stores and spending even more money on gadgets or items.

Tip 1 – Wash your clothes cold

Detergents have progressed so far in recent years that we no longer have to wash our clothes at higher temperatures to get them clean.

If you make this small change and wash on a cold setting or no higher than 30 degrees, you will save money. By using colder water, the washing machine does not have to use more energy to heat the water and therefore uses less energy.

Tip 2 – Turn your water thermostat down a few degrees

Adding cold water to your shower mixer or adding cold water while bathing is a convenient way to turn your water temperature down a few degrees. Try to manage it so that you don’t have to add cold water to get a comfortable water temperature.

If you’re chilling hot water, you’re wasting energy and literally throwing your money down the drain. We can all make this simple change to save on energy bills.

Tip 3 – Don’t leave devices on standby

Every time you leave a device on standby – instead of turning it off at the outlet – it continues to use energy. According to research by the Energy Saving Trust, between 9% and 16% of household electricity consumption is used to power devices when they are in this standby mode. This waste can add up to an annual electricity bill of up to £86.

Tip 4 – Bleed radiators

When you bleed a radiator, you release trapped air, which improves the efficiency of your heating system. That means a warmer home and lower energy bills.

Tip 5 – Turn down your thermostat

Just one less degree could save you £80 a year. Set a timer on your thermostat so your heating only comes on when you need it.

Tip 6 – Only boil as much water as you need

Make sure you fill the kettle with just the right amount of water – it heats up faster and doesn’t waste energy. Plus, you don’t have to boil the same water again later when you fancy your next cup of tea or coffee.

Tip 7 – Move furniture away from outside walls

The way your furniture is arranged can have a huge impact on how warm or cool you feel in a room. If you keep finding yourself turning up the heat and your sofa is against an outside wall, try moving it.

Always make sure that any energy saving measures you take are safe.

Your home should be heated to a safe temperature of 18-20 degrees. If your home falls below this level, you may be putting your health at risk for cold-related illnesses.

Consider whether it is cheaper for you to use more gas than electricity or vice versa.

Jo Gilbert is the founder of CUBES (Customer Utility Bills Expertly Serviced), which helps millions of homes affected by rising energy bills. All net profits from CUBES go to the Butterfly House Foundation where tThe funds will be used to set up local centers and initiatives to support the most vulnerable.

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