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Top Tips for bringing down Durham's household bills.


With the substantial increase in household bills soaring across the UK, it is evident that people up and down the country are looking for tips and tricks in the hopes of reducing and limiting their expenditure.






Experts at Boiler Central have revealed the best tips and tricks on how to think smart and be a savvy saver when it comes to reducing the cost of household bills.


Water

Unfortunately, water bills are one of, if not the, highest costs in household bills which is why it’s essential to take caution when doing day-to-day tasks that you may not even notice are having a significant impact on the bill. There are many practical things you can do as a homeowner to lessen your water bill:

  • Swap baths for showers – opting to reduce the number of baths a household has and swapping for a shower can greatly impact the water usage a household might utilise. A shorter shower uses a third of the water it would use to fill a bath, so even if cutting out baths, in general, is a no-go, try to limit it to just once or twice a week.

  • Unneeded running taps – leaving the taps to run whilst doing short tasks, like brushing your teeth or shaving, can pose largely on water usage when considering it is an everyday task. Turning off the tap while doing these routines will reduce the amount of wasted water.

  • Small wash cycles – by doing large loads of laundry instead of completing numerous half-cycle washes per week, you will save enormous amounts of wasted water and energy. Not only is washing larger cycles more efficient but washing at a reduced temperature will also help reduce energy bills.

  • Using a dishwasher instead of washing up in the sink – while washing and rinsing small items in the sink may feel like you’re reducing amounts of water, it instead causes litres of water to be wasted, which is why its more efficient to pop any dirty dishes into the dishwasher, wait till its fully loaded and allow a full cycle wash. Be careful not to overuse the machine by half-filling it - as this is also ineffective.

  • Look at getting a water meter – This may not suit every household, which is why it’s important to look into as it could save you money. Money-saving expert and bill-reducing icon Martin Lewis suggests looking into it if you have “more bedrooms in your home than people or the same number”.

Gas

Despite homeowners thinking there is nothing that can be done about gas prices, there are, in fact, certain steps that you can take to reduce this bill:

  • Install a smart thermostat – there are many advantages to installing a smart thermostat. Due to the technology used inside this gadget, it can understand household patterns in usage and adjust the temperature based on when the home is occupied and not occupied. This effectively will reduce the time that heating and cooling systems are turned on, therefore, reducing the amount of gas.

  • Insulate your home – if you struggle to stay warmer in the colder months, it might be worth investing in properly insulating your home. Loft insulation is a great place to start as heat rises, and in a house with no effective insulation, the main exit of heat will be via its roof. Although this is a more costly upfront price, it will pay for itself in the long run.

  • DIY heavy curtains – if you want to take a more hands-on approach and avoid large sums of money, DIY some heavy curtains to keep heat in during the colder months. This is an excellent way of insulating your home if you have small bedrooms that let out a lot of heat.

  • Hang your washing out – it sounds obvious, but many homeowners are opting for the fast option when it comes to drying clothes and putting them in the dryer. As summer is now upon us, making the conscious effort to hang up your washing in the garden, balcony, or on an inside airer will surely see you saving.

Electricity

In a world where gadgets, TVs and other household appliances are used all day, there is no doubt that electricity bills tend to remain high. By taking small and economic steps, homeowners can reduce these bills greatly:

  • Turn off standby appliances – You will reduce wasted electricity by turning off appliances that are not in active use or aren’t used at all. It is also noted that purchasing plug sockets that can be turned on/off via your phone are great options if you spend a lot of time out of the house.

  • Turn off lights – as easy as it is to leave lights on and forget to turn them off, try to consciously turn off the lights when leaving a room or when you could use natural light instead.

  • Use stand-alone devices – using stand-alone devices such as laptops, tablets and phones as opposed to desktop computers; you will reduce your daily power consumption. This can also increase efficiency in work as these devices can be used anywhere at any time.

  • Be more efficient when cooking – by using lids on boiling pans and using the right the hob, and utilising the correct kitchenware when cooking, you are more likely to speed up the length of time that the appliance is on for.