One sure fire way of cutting electricity costs is not having kids around leaving everything on! Do check the ten electricity saving tips at the end of this article. Discipline and routine are the key words for keeping your bills down enabling you to either live more within your means or generally saving money which could be better spent elsewhere.
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Many people swear by paying bills with direct debit. For fixed amounts ie car insurance etc., this may be good. With electricity this can be both good and bad. You may find that you are paying too much and have to wait until the end of the stated year before you get an adjustment or refund or pay too little and have a nasty shock at the end of it.
Remember, if the energy supplier owes you, they’re gaining interest out of the money they ‘have banked’ in your name. Check your bills.
Cutting Your Electricity Bill Tips
- As you replace lightbulbs, go for the new very low energy LED bulbs. Often 12 volt halogen bulbs can be replaced by LED bulbs. My desk light had a 20 watt halogen and now has a 2 watt LED bulb
- Don’t leave TV’s and other entertainment electrical equipment on standby unless, like a SKY TV box they take ages to boot up. Modern appliances don’t use a lot on standby but every little saved helps.
- Desktop computers use quite a bit of power. Set them to switch off monitors and go to sleep when not in use for 15 minutes.
- Always buy the best energy efficient domestic appliances. Generally the best makes are most efficient and they have the benefit of being better built so should last longer. Check the ratings in the store.
- Use a kettle to boil water to put in a saucepan for cooking. It’ll take a lot less time than an electric stove and save energy.
- Always keep the lid on the pan when simmering or boiling water on the stove.
- If buying a new hob, consider an induction hob rather than gas, they’re certainly much more efficient than other types of electric hob.
- Use microwaves for the smaller cooking jobs, they use less than a quarter the electricity of a normal stove, often just a tenth.
- Use a pressure cooker to save energy and retain vitamins see these articles on pressure cooking:
- Regularly defrost your refrigerator or freezer and avoid leaving the door open for too long.
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