As energy bills soar in homes across the UK, we’re all looking for ways to save money throughout the home.
The new price cap took effect on April 1, forcing bills to rise by at least 54%.
This will add an additional £693 to a household’s average direct debit bill and for those who have prepaid they will see an even bigger increase with an additional £708 to their annual bill.
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Households are set to get a £200 rebate in October, which will be repaid over five years to help drive up prices.
As many make sure we turn off wall outlets and perhaps limit heating, PriceYourJobMatthew Harrison’s cleaning expert reveals five areas and appliances that, if not clean, can increase your energy bills.
Harrison explains the best way to deep clean areas of your home.
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A cluttered and dirty refrigerator will force your appliance to work harder to keep everything cool, which will increase your energy bill.
How to clean it well?
First, you need to be aware of how full your fridge is. A cluttered fridge full of foods that are no longer at their best will require more energy to stay cool, so clean out rotten foods first, as this will allow air to circulate more efficiently inside.
For routine maintenance, you should wipe down the shelves with a natural antibacterial surface cleaner. Avoid using harsh chemicals as they tend to be fragrant and this can transfer to food. Natural methods include a paste of baking soda and water which is good for tougher stains or a simple white vinegar and water spray for general cleaning.
An often overlooked part of your refrigerator that needs regular cleaning is your refrigerator’s drain hole. Food tends to get lodged in the hole and cause a blockage, which means the fridge won’t work as efficiently.
To clean it, use a small device, such as a straw or a specific drain hole cleaning stick, which will help unclog.
Since it works the same way as a refrigerator, an overly cluttered and full freezer will need to be cleared out to function effectively.
A common problem with the freezer is from ice buildup, which occurs when warmer air or moisture enters your freezer, which can be done simply by opening the door on a hot day – any absolutely inevitable.
To solve this problem, you need to effectively defrost your freezer by doing the following:
- Unplug the appliance and remove all food and drawers
- Place food in freezer bags to keep it frozen
- Place the towels on the floor to absorb any leaking water. If there is a particularly large amount of ice, it will cause a large amount of water to leak.
- Leave the door open to allow the ice to melt naturally
- Once the ice has melted, wipe off excess water before turning it back on
Another overlooked part of cleaners is their exterior. Normally a simple dusting, perhaps with an antibacterial spray in high traffic areas, such as handles, should suffice.
The more dust your vacuum cleaner has, the less it will be able to work properly.
To keep your vacuum cleaner working efficiently, with the best possible suction power, you must then empty it to 2/3 full, at most. More than that will cause dust to enter the system and affect the entire device.
Ideally, you should prepare the space before actually using your vacuum cleaner. Pick up larger pieces from the floor, such as large clumps of hair, coins, or hair clips, and make sure your vacuum isn’t already too full from previous vacuuming use.
One of the most common mistakes with vacuum cleaners is overestimating their ability to pick up bigger bits and still work efficiently.
Especially if you live in a hard water area, you will be familiar with lumps of lime scale in the bottom of your kettle or on top of your tea.
This happens when mineral-rich hard water is found in 60% of the UK.
Although the risk of limescale is usually always present, especially if you live in areas with hard water, the amount of buildup can be limited, resulting in lower energy bills.
When your kettle has a build-up of limescale, it uses more energy to heat the limescale, rather than just the water itself. To naturally descale your kettle, you must:
- Fill your kettle with half white vinegar and half cold water and boil.
- Pour boiled water
- Repeat both steps, but only if there is still a considerable amount of limescale left
- Refill your kettle with just water and boil to remove any lingering vinegar.
Dust off the light fixtures
Not only does regular dusting prevent the buildup of dust and allergens, which can cause irritation and illness, but a buildup of dust in certain areas can affect the proper functioning of the area.
For example, a layer of dust on your fancy light fixture is not only an eyesore, but can potentially be a hazard, as the dust can enter the electrical and limit the proper functioning of the light fixture.
To avoid heavy buildup, fixtures should be dusted weekly with a feather duster or dry cloth. Make sure that the bulb itself is not hot, to avoid any risk of burns.