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Cost of living: top tips for saving on household bills


With the substantial increase in household bills skyrocketing across the UK, it’s evident that people across the country are looking for tips and tricks in the hopes of cutting and limiting their spending.

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

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Unfortunately, water bills are one of the highest, if not the highest, costs of household bills. That’s why it’s essential to exercise caution when performing day-to-day tasks that you may not even notice have a significant impact on the bill. There are many practical things you can do as a homeowner to reduce your water bill:

  • Replace bathtubs with showers – choosing to reduce the number of bathtubs a household has and swapping out for a shower can have a huge impact on how much water a household might use. A shorter shower uses a third of the water it would use to fill a bath, so while cutting baths, in general, is a no-no, try to limit it to once or twice a week.
  • Taps running unnecessarily – leaving taps running while doing short tasks like brushing your teeth or shaving can be a big drain on water usage when you consider it a daily task. Turning off the tap during these routines will reduce the amount of water wasted.
  • Small wash cycles – by doing large loads of laundry instead of many half-cycle washes per week, you’ll save huge amounts of wasted water and energy. Not only is washing longer cycles more efficient, but washing at a lower temperature will also help reduce energy bills.
  • Using a dishwasher instead of washing dishes in the sink – while washing and rinsing small items in the sink may seem like less water, it instead wastes gallons of water water, which is why it’s more efficient to blast any dirty dishes through the dishwasher, wait until it’s fully loaded, and allow a full wash cycle. Be careful not to overuse the machine by filling it halfway – as this is also inefficient.
  • Consider getting a water meter – This may not be suitable for all households, so it’s important to look into it as it could save you money. Money-saving expert and bill-cutting icon Martin Lewis suggests looking into whether you have “more bedrooms in your house than people or the same number”.

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Although owners think there is nothing they can do about gas prices, there are actually some steps you can take to lower that bill:

  • Install a Smart Thermostat – Installing a smart thermostat has many benefits. Due to the technology used inside this gadget, it can understand household usage habits and adjust the temperature based on when the house is occupied and unoccupied. This will effectively reduce the time the heating and cooling systems are on, thereby reducing the amount of gas.
  • Insulate your home – if you’re struggling to stay warm in the colder months, it may be worth investing in proper insulation for your home. Attic insulation is a great starting point when the heat increases, and in a house without effective insulation, the main heat output will be through the roof. Although this is a higher initial price, it will pay for itself over the long term.
  • DIY heavy curtains – if you want to take a more practical approach and avoid large sums of money, DIY heavy curtains to keep the heat in during the colder months. It’s a great way to insulate your home if you have small rooms that give off a lot of heat.
  • Hang your laundry – it sounds obvious, but many homeowners go for the quick option when it comes to drying clothes and putting them in the dryer. As summer is upon us, making the conscious effort to hang your laundry in the garden, balcony or on an indoor drying rack is sure to save you money.

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

  • Turn off standby devices – You will reduce electricity waste by turning off devices that are not actively in use or not being used at all. It’s also worth noting that buying power outlets that can be turned on/off through your phone is a great option if you spend a lot of time away from home.
  • Turn off the lights – as easy as leaving the lights on and forgetting to turn them off, try consciously turning off the lights when you leave a room or when you can use natural light instead.
  • Use standalone devices – use standalone devices such as laptops, tablets and phones rather than desktops; you will reduce your daily energy consumption. It can also increase work efficiency as these devices can be used anywhere and anytime.
  • Be more efficient when cooking – by using lids on pots and using the correct griddle, and using the correct cookware when cooking, you are more likely to speed up the amount of time the appliance lasts is on.