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Jackson & Co's Top Ten Energy Saving Tips

Published at: 17/11/2017

It's certainly turned colder recently, and weather forecasters tell us an even colder spell is heading our way. This means your energy bills will go up as you heat your home for the winter. So here are Jackson & Co's Top Ten Tips for saving money on your energy bill this winter, and throughout the year:

1) Turn off any appliances and chargers that you aren't currently using. If there is a stand-by light on then they are using electricity in the background.

2) Doing your washing cycle at a lower temperature means your washing machine will use less electricity. Washing at 30 degrees instead of 40 degrees will save approximately a third of the cost for that wash.

3) Do you own a pressure cooker? Then make use of it. A chicken roasts in a pressure cooker in around half the time it does in a conventional oven and will be literally falling off the bone and you can always pop it in the oven for 15 minutes at the end if you want it crispy.

4) Set your central heating timer for it to come on 15 to 30 minutes before you need it and around 30 minutes before you go to bed. If you have storage heaters keep the input constant at the amount you need and turn down the output to minimum when you don't need the heat. Or turn it off at the wall.

5) When buying a new appliance always check the energy label to ensure it is an energy efficient product. On an appliance that is always on, like your fridge-freezer an efficient model could save you around £89 every year, an energy efficient washing machine could save you £80 and a tumble-dryer a further £70.

6) It's a well-known fact that insulating your home can save you money. Installing loft insulation, if you don't already have it, can save you up to £140 per year and cavity wall insulation a further £160.

7) If you don't have the budget to replace your windows then secondary glazing film is a very cheap alternative to keep those cold draughts out of your home.

8) According to the Energy Saving Trust turning your thermostat down by just 1 degree can cut your heating bill by approximately £85 a year. Put on a jumper instead of turning up the heating.

9) Now you've turned the heating down turn down radiators in the room you rarely use, and remember to turn the heating off if you are going to be away. You can always invest in a smart thermostat that lets you remotely control your heating from wherever you are.

10) Replace your light bulbs with energy saving bulbs. LED bulbs cost around £1.71 to run every year and use 90% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs, saving you a possible £180 over the lifetime of the bulb. And don't forget to turn the lights off when you are not in the room!

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