Everyone would like a lower energy bill, and with these simple methods you can reduce your outgoings, and lower your carbon footprint.

Know how to use your heating system.

Do your research and learn how your heating system works – www.enerysavingtrust.org.uk is a good place to start. Make use of timer settings, too, to be sure you are only using the heating you need, and look into whether it would be cheaper to have your heating on low for long periods of time or to be on high for shorter blasts.

Turn the thermostat down on the hot water boiler.
Just boil the water you need for a brew. If the water out of the tap is too hot, you’re wasting money.

Turn off appliances at the switch.

Computers in screensaver mode use as much power as when they are on, and some appliances and chargers still use electricity even if they are not in use if they are still on at the switch.

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On average, laptops use a massive 85% less electricity over a year than desktop PCs do.

Change your cooking habits.

Make sure you use the right size pans for the hob you are using – trying to heat a small pan with a large ring and vice versa will waste energy unnecessarily.

When you’ve finished cooking, leave the oven door open while it cools, allowing you to turn down the heating in your kitchen.

Wash your clothes at 30-40 C.

90% of a washing machine’s energy is used to heat water, so by reducing the temperature you can slash your bills. For stained clothes, rinse the area with water and rub with household soap to get out as much as you can beforehand.

Avoid the dryer.

Use a high spin so that your clothes come out of the washing machine as dry as possible, and then if you can hang dry your clothes.

Switch to the best tariff.

Comparing energy tariffs can seem complex, but it’s a sure fire way to reduce your energy bills, often by a significant amount. Harrington Brooks customers receive a comparison and switching service thanks to our partners at Uswitch, so they can rest easy knowing they aren’t being left out of pocket.