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None of us has spare cash to squander these days, but the good news is by making a few simple changes in our daily routines, we really can pocket the pounds.
Waste busting expert, author and broadcaster Penney Poyzer knows all about easy ways to save the pennies and is always happy to share her knowledge. For example, according to Penney hot water could account for 23 per cent of your energy bill? Check the cylinder on your hot water tank and if it’s over 60 degrees switch it down – it’s costing you a lot of money.
Also, as Penney said, by turning your thermostat down by just one degree Celsius, you could save as much as 10 per cent on bills, and you probably won’t even notice the difference in the heat.
When cooking vegetables, make sure to just cover them in just enough water and cover the pot with a lid, and it'll take less time.
Lighting can account for as much as 17 per cent of energy bills. Low energy bulbs are more expensive to buy and may not be as bright but in the long run you could save yourself a small fortune.
Another way we can all save the pennies is by washing our clothes at 30 degrees; you can save up to 40 per cent of the electricity it takes to wash at a higher temperature.
Other top tips are to close the curtains at dusk, as keeping out the cold night air can really help cut down on those hefty energy bills, and insulate cold areas of your house such as the loft – we can lose 25 per cent of heat through the roof and 35 per cent through the walls.
And finally draught-proofing windows and doors and blocking gaps around floors and skirting boards can save around £50 a year, and insulating a loft that has no insulation at all can save you up to £175 a year. Don't forget to insulate the hatch too.
Collectively we could save £eighty million every year by turning off appliances at the plug when not in use.
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