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How to reduce your gas and electricity bills
20 September 2009 04:54 am
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With the soaring cost of gas and electricity and the ever-increasing concern over the environment, more and more people are looking at ways to reduce their monthly energy bills.

The average three bedroom household spends more than 1,500 a year on gas and electricity so there really is tremendous scope to save significant amounts of your hard earned cash.

There are numerous steps you can take to knock pounds and pounds off your monthly bills...

Switching supplier
This is one of the simplest ways of saving money. Many people have had the same supplier for years and are worried about the hassle of switching, but it is actually very simple. Click here to find out how.

Turn it down
By turning your thermostat down by just one degree centigrade you can reduce your annual bill by over 10 per cent.

Change your bulbs
Using energy saving light bulbs instead of traditional ones can save you 7 a year per bulb. They a may be more expensive, but they last up to twelve times longer.

Take showers not baths
According to research, simply taking showers instead of baths saves you an incredible 40 per cent less water.

Insulate your home
Installing adequate loft insulation can save you up to 25 per cent off your annual heating bill. Wall cavity insulation can reduce your bills by 35% although it is more expensive to fit.

Lag your boiler
A 15 boiler jacket and a 2 meter to lag the pipe from your boiler to the hot water tank could save you up to 30 a year.

Bleed your radiators
Releasing trapped air from your radiators makes them perform better and therefore saves you money.

Switch off
Your appliances still use around 70 per cent of their usual energy when left on standby. Turning them off properly you can save you approximately20 a year.

Unplug chargers
Leaving your mobile phone or laptop charger plugged in when youre not using them wastes around 15 a year per appliance.