1. Compare energy providers

There are a number of comparison websites available that can point you in the right direction and quickly provide the cheapest options for your needs. Make sure you always check directly on the top providers' websites too, as they often have exclusive deals and prices there.

2. Replace your light bulbs

Traditional incandescent light bulbs consume an excessive amount of electricity and need to be replaced often. Halogen incandescent bulbs, CFLs and LEDs use anywhere from 25-80% less electricity and last from 3 to 25 times longer than traditional bulbs. Energy efficient bulbs might be more expensive to buy, but their efficient energy use and longer life mean that they cost less in the long run.

3. Reduce your water heating expenses

Water heating is a big contributor to your total energy consumption. Other than purchasing an energy efficient water heater, there are three things you can do to reduce that bill; you could simply use less hot water, turn down the thermostat on your water heater, or insulate your water heater and the first six feet of hot and cold water pipes.

4. Keep out draughts

Double glazing will improve the retention of heat and help to keep those bills down, but if that's not an option try using secondary glazing film as a cheap alternative. Film for 4 windows should cost around £8.

5. Wash clothes at a cooler temperature

Washing at 30ºC rather than 40ºC can save you a third of the cost to run the cycle.

6. Run your fridge efficiently

Your fridge is always on, making it one of your most expensive appliances. Make sure the door seal is tight and free from gaps so cold air can't escape. An ideal fridge temperature is 4 or 5°C and an ideal freezer temperature is -15 to -18°C . If you have a second fridge or freezer, only turn it on when you need it.

7. Insulate your roof

An insulated roof makes a big difference to your energy bills. If you already have insulation installed, check that it is properly installed and has the right rating. According to British Gas, loft insulation can save up to £140 a year off your energy bills and cavity wall insulation can save up to £160 a year.

8. Use the 'Off' switch

Switch off or unplug any chargers or appliances you don’t need. If they have a standy-by light, a display or are hot to the touch that means they're using energy just by being plugged in.

9. Check energy labels

Buying an energy efficient fridge and freezer could make as much as £71 difference compared to an inefficient model. Size is an important factor in energy consumption, so decide how big your appliance needs to be and then compare the efficiency side-by-side. It'll pay off over the years!

10. Use that boiler

Turning your boiler down won’t always save money. If you have a room thermostat then it’s best to turn your boiler to its maximum setting, because the thermostat will do the job of cotrolling the heat level. If you don’t have a room thermostat it’s best to set your boiler as low as you’re comfortable with.

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