How to reduce your energy bills – free and easy ways to cut your costs

Every penny counts at the moment, so it is worth making adjustments to your energy use even if they will each only save you a few pounds a year. These are things that do not in-volve any investment.

Get your boiler serviced

Your heating at home can account for up to 60% of what you pay on your energy bills, so it is im-portant to ensure that your boiler is operating efficiently. An annual boiler service performed by a gas safe engineer can help to check that your boiler is both safe and working as it should. You can book a boiler service with us at Aquatec, by call in 0161 850 0858.

Switch things off

There are lots of appliances that draw power even when they are on standby. Figures published by energy saving trust suggested that turning off your TV and set-top box would lead to savings of about £24 a year. Since then prices have gone up, so the potential savings are much higher.

Do your laundry at 30C

Going from a 40C wash to one 10 degrees cooler can make a big dent in your energy use. If you are running your machine four times a week you can shave £13 a year off your bills – that is about a third of the running cost at 40C. Turning the dial down even further and washing at 20C as stand-ard will save you £24 annually, it says. After the summer months when the heating has been off, it is worth getting rid of the air in your radiators so that the system is running as efficiently as possible. You can speak to us at Aquatec to help arrange this.

Spend less time in the shower

A one minute shorter shower will cut your energy bill by £4 a year for each person in your house-hold, the Energy Saving Trust estimates. On top of that, there will be savings on water if you are on a meter.

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