Britons turn heating OFF for winter as energy bills hit record highs – try this instead


    Britons spent the highest ever amount on home energy on September 24, paying an incredible 125 percent more than in September 2019, according to Lloyds Bank. That record could be repeatedly broken in the months ahead.

    Three million are now planning to go without home heating at all this winter, choosing to don thermals, gloves, scarves and even hats indoors, according to research from clothing company Damart.

    There are less drastic ways of reducing your energy consumption and winter bills, said Mark Abrams from money and bills website

    Smaller measures can all add up. “Unplug electronic devices when not in use rather than leaving them on standby mode saves around £35 a year, according to the Energy Saving Trust (EST),” Abrams said.

    Doing one less dishwasher cycle a week could save you £8 a year, with a similar saving from doing one fewer washing machine cycle.

    Only filling the kettle with the amount of water you need saves around £6 a year, the EST says.

    Turning down the temperature by just one degree will save a further £55, depending on the size of your home.

    The Warm Home Discount Scheme opens tomorrow, worth £140 for those on lower incomes. Abrams said: “This is paid as a one-off discount on your electricity bill. Contact your energy company to find out if you qualify.”

    Draught-proofing is cheap and effective, saving around £40 a year but costing just £3 a roll, according to Norton Finance.

    Don’t forget to block draughts from letterbox brushes, chimney balloons and even keyhole coverings, too.

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    A boiler service can pay for itself by boosting your system’s efficiency and reducing the chance of a breakdown.

    A service costs around £72, according to Which?, but a breakdown costs on average £200. A new boiler can costs from between £1,500 and £4,764.

    Rick Hoskin, founder of fresh air specialists Filter King said install dimmer switches and keep lids on pots and pans while cooking.

    Many do not realise their dishwasher heats the air to dry the dishes. Turning this setting off cuts your electricity bill.

    Do not overfill your fridge and freezer as it has to work harder to keep food and drinks cold, Hoskin said. “Turn off your stove shortly before food is ready. The heat buildup in the oven will complete the cooking process.”

    In hard times like these, every little helps.

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