This week we are showing you how you can save money on your electricity bills through your kettle, washing machine, TV, computer and more. 
It’s no secret that energy prices have risen over the last month, so we wanted to bring you our ‘Energy-saving Toolkit’. 
 
If you would like to lower the cost of your household bills, the most effective way to do it is to write down the steps you would like to follow to do so. Make an energy-saving plan and make others in your household aware of it, so they can join the effort. Why not grab a pen and paper whilst reading our blog? 

Freezers and Fridges: 

-Ensure the door seal of your fridge/freezer is intact so your fridge isn’t working overtime to keep your food cool. 
 
-Make sure your fridge and/or freezer is no more that 75% full. – When you over fill a fridge freezer, you are blocking air vents and compromising the energy efficiency of your appliance. 
 
-Make sure that the back of your fridge is dust free so that air can circulate. 

Kettle: 

– only fill the kettle with as much water as you need, or, if you have a large thermos flask, fill that up with boiled water and use that to make a cuppa. 
- Switch it off at the wall when not in use. Appliances use energy, even when on standby. 

Washing:  

- Setting your washing machine to 30 degrees uses approx. 40% less energy that setting on higher temps. 
 
-Make sure that you have a full load of laundry to avoid wasting energy and water. 
 
-If you can, avoid using your dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer between 4pm and 7pm. These hours are popular times to do a wash, some tariffs may increase the price of usage at these times. 
 
- Skipping the tumble dryer occasionally, is a good way to reduce electricity bills. If you don’t have a washing line, why not get a clothes rack. 

TV: 

– TVs, especially the large ones, are the most power-hungry entertainment appliances in the average home. Turn off your TV when you’re not watching it. 
 
-Before buying a new TV, have a look at how much energy it uses. As a rule-of-thumb, the bigger the screen, the more energy it uses. 
Invest in energy saving extension to ensure your chargers, TV, Computer, ect. Get turned off, your appliances are using electricity even on standby. 

Lighting: 

– LED lightbulbs typically use around 75% less energy compared to traditional light bulbs; they generate the same level of light. Compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) are inexpensive but take a long time to reach full brightness. LED bulbs cost more to buy, initially but will save you money in the long run as they provide immediate light. 
 
Lighting accounts for 18% of your electricity bill. Turning off switches is one of the easy, effective things that you can do to save electricity around your home. 

Request a Smart Meter from your supplier: 

Having a smart meter is a great way to keep track of how much electricity you are using around the house, it may encourage you to cut your usage. You can identify what appliances are guzzling the most electricity using the traffic light system, therefore they’re much more effective than your meter which needs to be manually read. 
 
How to get a smart meter? 
Ask you energy supplier if they can supply you with one, they are free. Alternatively, follow this link to the Smart Energy GB page. 
If you want to save energy in your home, write down the behaviours you’d like to adopt and inform the other people in your household so they can join the effort. 
Moneywise Plus provides practical, tailored support Moneywise Plus can provide tailored, practical support to negotiate the daily challenges we all face. We can help you to increase your financial and/or digital confidence, or your employability. Whether you need access to a laptop to apply for a job, or some advice on making ends meet, we are here. 
 
Each individual who signs up will receive a free Vodafone sim card with 20GB of data, plus free calls, and texts every month for six months. 
 
If you're unwaged and have the right to live and work in the UK, get in touch today by calling 0300 003 7004 or emailing info@moneywiseplus.co.uk. 
 
Sources: Energy Saving Trust, Moneywise Plus, Utilita  
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