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Energy expert gives top tips and tricks to keep gas and electric bills down

With gas and electricity prices expected to soar again in the next couple of weeks, this energy expert has given a few tips and tricks to keep the house warm and energy bills down.

Households are going to be in the pocket again, with energy prices expected to soar in the next few weeks.

The energy price cap – the maximum amount a utility company can charge an average customer per year for electricity and gas they use – is due for its next review on 7 February and some experts are anticipating the cost to skyrocket.

Mike Foster, chief executive at Energy Utility Alliance.

The most recent cap was set at £1,277 on 6 August 2021, a rise of 12% or £139 from the previous review.

If the new price cap comes in, energy prices could increase by as much as 50% for some households, according to statistics from trade body EnergyUK which would send household power bills in Britain soaring to £1,995 per annum at a time when the cost of living is already spiralling.

Mike Foster is the chief executive at Energy Utility Alliance. He said: Energy prices are rocketing and many Britons’ fear making the choice between heating and eating.

“We know homeowners and renters are looking at ways of keeping to keep already costly energy bills down. Here are some of the recommended ways to reduce gas and electricity costs.”

Here are some of Mr Foster’s top tips and tricks to save up to £248 on your energy bills:

Switch off standby

You can save around £40 a year just by remembering to turn your appliances off standby mode.

Almost all electrical appliances can be turned off at the plug without upsetting their programming. You may want to think about getting a standby saver or smart plug that allows you to turn all your appliances off standby in one go.

Check the instructions for any appliances you aren’t sure about. Some satellite and digital TV recorders may need to be left plugged in so they can keep track of any programmes you want to record.

Draught-proof windows and doors

Unless your home is very new, you will lose some heat through draughts around doors and windows, gaps around the floor, or through the chimney.

Professional draught-proofing of windows, doors and blocking cracks in floors and skirting boards can cost around £200 but can save around £30 a year on energy bills. DIY draught-proofing can be much cheaper.

 Turn off lights

Turn your lights off when you’re not using them or when you leave a room. This will save you around £14 a year on your annual energy bills.

Replacing all the lights in your home with LED bulbs could help you save even more.

Careful with your washing

You can save around £20 a year from your energy bill just by using your washing machine more carefully.

Use your washing machine on a 30-degree cycle instead of higher temperatures and save £10 a year on energy.

Only wash your clothes in your washing machine when you have a full load. Reducing your washing machine use by one run per week for a year could save you an extra £10.

Avoid the tumble dryer

Avoid using a tumble dryer for your clothes: dry clothes on racks inside where possible or outside in warmer weather to save £40 a year.

Spend less time in the shower

Keeping your shower time to just 4 minutes could save a typical household £45 a year on their energy bills.

Swap your bath for a shower

Some of us might enjoy a long soak in the bath but swapping just one bath a week with a 4-minute shower could save you £7 a year on your energy bills.

Be savvy in the kitchen

Kettles are one of the most used appliances in the kitchen. But many of us will admit that we at least occasionally boil the kettle with more water than we’re going to use.

Avoid overfilling the kettle and save yourself £8 a year on your electricity bill.

Fill your dishwasher

Only run your dishwasher when it is full to reduce the amount of water you use. Reducing your dishwasher by one run per week for a year could save you £10 a year.

Top up the insulation

Effective insulation of your hot water cylinder is important: even if you have thin spray foam or a loose 25mm jacket, you can benefit from increasing the insulation to a British Standard Jacket 80mm thick, saving £20 a year in the process.

Insulating your water tank, pipes and radiators is a quick and easy way to save money on your bills.



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