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What Really Cuts Your Bills?

There is a lot of advice out there for cutting down on your bills, but not all of the tips are entirely effective. It is hard to know which pieces of advice are really worth following and which are not so worthwhile.

Switching Suppliers

Of all the many pieces of bill/cutting advice, this is arguably the most oft-repeated. This is with good reason; it is also arguably the most significant. Being on the best deal for utilities and telecoms can save a lot compared to being on the worst deal, and the best deals are almost always saved for initial contract periods. Whenever one contract ends, it is definitely and absolutely worth consulting a comparison site to see if a new contract and supplier can get you a better deal.

Avoiding Standby

Most modern electronics don’t really use a great deal of power on standby, so leaving them on like that for a while in between periods of using them won’t do a great deal of harm. But when devices are left on standby all the time they are not being used, all day and all night, this can really mount up. When there are multiple devices being left this way, then the effect on your bills will mount up all the faster. Making sure you turn things off properly at the socket when they are going to be out of use for more than a short period, particularly overnight, can result in a noticeable drop in electricity charges.

Shorter Showers

Cutting down on the time you spent in the shower is something that could cut more than you might think off of your bills. This is particularly true if your property’s water supply is metered – something that has been on the rise in recent years and is now the case for many homes. Assuming you do have a meter, showering will add to two of your bills; your water bill, and your gas bill because of the need to heat the water. Foregoing the pleasure of standing under the flow and cutting a few minutes off of your shower time every day can lead to a significant saving each month across these two bills.

Boiler on a Timer

Whether it is worth putting your boiler on a timer is something of a contentious question. Some claim it takes more energy to heat up a cold house or tank of water from scratch than it would to keep it warm in the interim. While it is true that this factor means the savings aren’t as big as you may think, it is still decidedly cheaper to use a timer. Having your heating off in the day when the house is empty and set to come on a while before you get home can result in a decent saving. Once heated, a hot water tank will generally stay hot enough for at least a day, meaning you can also use a timer to heat your water up for a couple of hours in the early morning then turn your boiler off again until the next day.

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