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Finances are undoubtedly tight at this time of year as we all feel the pinch on our household budgets. With the country back in recession, millions of Britons are thinking about going without a summer holiday this year.
If you’re one of them, don’t panic. There are plenty of ways that you can continue to save money on your energy bills all year round – not just in winter. If you can cut back on your energy wastage, you too may be able to save enough money to have that holiday you deserve.
Here are some tips on how to save money this summer, and make year-round savings on your energy bills:
Know your usage
Get yourself a free energy monitor so that you can see how much energy you are using. Energy monitors attach to your electricity or gas meter, and allow you to directly monitor your usage. You’ll be able to see exactly how much you’re using, and how much it is costing you in real terms – a powerful incentive to switch off lights and appliances around the home!
Switch it off
The great news about more daylight hours at this time of year is that it means you have to spend less time with your lights on. Make the most of it, and don’t turn on lights just for the sake of it. Keep them off as long as you can, saving energy and money on your bills in the process.
Switch it up
Too many people make the mistake of thinking that changing tariffs is a mammoth task, and will involve spending hours sifting through complicated data to save a couple of pounds. Switching tariffs is easy, fast, and can result in big savings. Make sure you make the most of cheap gas and electricity deals by comparing gas prices directly. By using a comparison site such as Confused.com, uSwitch, or Energy Helpline, the average customer could save more than £250 over the course of a year.
It’s much warmer outside, so make the most of it! Dry your clothes on a line or airer, rather than use the tumble dryer. By retiring your dryer for the summer – second only to the fridge in terms of energy consumption – you could save another £100 or more a year.
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