There’s suddenly an autumn chill in the air. Deny it all you like but we’ll soon be heading into winter. So, with that in mind, it’s time to start getting a bit canny with our energy saving. We want to share a few tips to help you reduce those winter electricity bills and the best bit is, it won’t cost you a penny to make these small adjustments throughout your home.


  1. Switch off appliances and chargers when not in use – these continue to consume energy while on standby
  2. Turn your washing machine temperature down to 30°C – this can reduce electricity consumption by up to a third
  3. Make sure you wash a full load, that goes for the dishwasher as well and always use the economy setting – a half empty cycle is just a waste and the economy setting does exactly what it says, economically!
  4. Only boil the amount of water you need in the kettle - it will boil quicker and therefore use less electricity
  5. When cooking, don’t open the cooker door unless it’s absolutely necessary – the oven will use a boost of electricity each time the temperature drops. Using a slow cooker is far more economical if you have one
  6. Defrost freezers regularly – this way they will operate at maximum efficiency
  7. Take a shower instead of soaking in the tub and when you shower, reduce the time spent in there – a reduction of 10 minutes can reduce heating costs by a staggering 25%
  8. Turn your thermostat down and put on a jumper! – you can save up to 3% on your bills for every degree turned down
  9. Air dry your clothes where possible – a tumble dryer is one of the most expensive household appliances to run, costing on average £85 per year!
  10. Teach the kids to turn the lights off! - we all know that kids like to switch on the lights as they go from room to room, more often than not, never switching them off again. Teaching your kids about electricity consumption won’t do them any harm J

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