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The easy home switch that could save you over £1,000 a year on energy bills

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The cost of living crisis is only getting worse, hitting households across the country harder every day. Energy bills in particular are soaring, especially after the soaring energy prices from April 1st.

As a result, many have desperately tried to find ways to save money on their power-hungry devices. In fact, Google searches for ‘efficient use of energy’ in the UK have skyrocketed in the last month, hitting a decade high. And it turns out there are ways, with an easy switch offering Brits the chance to save over £1,000 a year on their household bills.

Boilers, fridges/freezers, dishwashers, ovens and washing machines are typically the most energy-intensive items in a household. Every five minutes, your boiler alone spends a penny. This represents an average of £82 per month spent on boiler costs by a household.

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But simply switching from a G-rated to an A-rated boiler could save families up to £1,160 a year. The letters are just a simple way to convey a boiler’s efficiency, with Class A boilers achieving over 90% efficiency and Class G boilers achieving less than 70%. In fact, in general, investing in A-rated appliances is a great way to lower energy bills.

Central Boiler explains that older homes with separate, uninsulated tanks for heating water usually mean bad news for your bills. If you are looking for a house, the energy expert advises you to have a good understanding of the heating installation – for example, combi boilers are generally better – and the level of energy efficiency of the boiler.

Martin Lewis is also advising Britons to switch to energy-efficient appliances, Daily Star reports, estimating that households could save £275 a year if they did. The founder of MoneySavingExpert explains that all new appliances must have an energy efficiency certificate, which ranks appliances from A+++ to G.

These ratings are based on how much energy each device uses, so the higher the rating, the fewer units of energy it uses (measured in kilowatt-hours or kWh). The highest and most efficient rating is A+++, while the lowest is G – so consumers should opt for the highest possible rating across all devices.

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