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Energy bills can be costly when not managed effectively. Overspending on energy is common, but with a thrifty attitude and some of these handy hints from Money Saving Expert, you can save a lot of money each year on your energy bills:

  1. Only turn the heating on when you need it
    Instead of leaving the heating on low throughout the day, according to the Energy Saving Trust, it’s cheaper to turn the heating on only when you need it. This is the best way to save energy and money. Why not set the timer on your thermostat to turn your heating on just before you usually get home, so you can enjoy walking into a warm house at the end of the day?
     
  2. Unplug your chargers when they’re not in use. 
    A lot of chargers still use energy when they’re left in a socket. Electronics like game consoles, laptops and TVs are particularly guilty of this. Using this standby power can be easily avoided by switching devices off at the wall when not in use.
     
  3. Use a smart meter to track your energy usage.
    Using a smart meter can help you identify ways to save energy via the in-home display that comes with it. This monitors your energy usage and shows you how much it costs in near real-time, which will help you spot ways to cut back.
     
  4. Avoid electric heaters.
    Electric heaters are one of the most expensive forms of heating. The cheapest way to heat your home is to use your central heating system, with a timer and thermostat.
     
  5. Consider changing your energy provider.
    Switching energy provider can save you hundreds of pounds every year! You can use Citrus Energy’s provider switch service to find the cheapest energy providers in your area.

    Visit Citrus Energy's website to use their switch service

Read more tips on saving energy at MoneySavingExpert.com

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