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            How To Reduce Household Bills

            From using less power to cutting back on food waste, ideas on how to reduce household bills are covered in this helpful guide. With living costs rising, many homeowners are looking for tips to lower monthly outgoings and make money go further. With energy-efficient products, everyday tasks can be more affordable, while simple switches can prevent heat loss around the home, making it easy to stay warm and cosy through cold snaps.

            More people are investing in energy-efficient tech to reduce power and save money while doing so. From cooking to cleaning, these recommendations focus on lowering water and electric.
            • 1. Switch to cool washes

              Washing clothes at 30 degrees can save up to £90 a year- with many detergents effectively cleaning on cool spins. Look for Eco Wash when replacing a machine. 
            • 2. Dry for less

              Invest in heat pump technology to reduce energy when drying laundry. By reusing the hot air generated during each cycle, these models can save up to £130 a year.
            • 3. Introduce induction

              Using electromagnetism, induction only heats the pan saving energy spent on residual heat. A typical stir fry uses 17% less power than other cooking methods. 
            • 4. Make way for multi-function

              Instead of running a separate fridge and freezer, choose a model that combines both. This means you will only power one device saving on electric. 
            • 5. Skip washing by hand 

              Cleaning dishes by hand uses up to four times more water than a dishwasher when rinsing the same number of place settings. Switch to save time too. 
            • 6. Tap into new tech 

              Swap a kettle for a boiling water fixture which only heats the water required. Or use a tap with a spray function that aerates water to make it go further.

            Another way to drive down household costs is to review the weekly shop. With the right products and storage, groceries can last longer, go further, and give you the best value for money.
            • 1. Freeze meals 

              Make the most of ingredients by freezing leftovers before the use-by date. This will build a stock of meals to replace takeaways on busy days.
            • 2. Keep food fresh  

              Look for models with features that keep fruit and veg fresh. Salad crispers extend the life of perishable items so groceries go further. 
            • 3. Buy in bulk

              Purchase dry goods, like grains and pulses, in large quantities to cut costs at the checkout. Store in a larder for the best conditions to keep legumes longer.
            • 4. Store smart

              Use pull-out accessories to organise root vegetables, such as onions and potatoes. Keeping produce dry and cool will make ingredients last. 
            • 5. Embrace batch cooking

              Plan extra portions to maximise energy used during cooking. A double cavity cooker offers extra space to double up on dishes during food prep.
            • 6. Fix food fast

              Cooking meals in a microwave can save time and energy. For example, a humble jacket potato can save up to £30 a year, when cooked once a week.

            Central heating is one of the most expensive fuels to run which can easily escape a home without proper insulation. These tips limit energy loss to make monthly costs more manageable.
            • 1. Defeat drafts

              Update an entrance with a composite door that has a robust core to withstand the elements. These models are renowned for their energy-saving benefits. 
            • 2. Fit frames correctly

              Protect against energy loss by fitting doors with the right parts. This will retain heat in regularly-used rooms rather than heating the whole house. 
            • 3. Choose cosy floors

              Vinyl flooring doesn't fluctuate in temperature like other floorboard options meaning it retains heat and is great for keeping homes toasty.
            • 4. Improve insulation

              Reseal windows and doors to prevent heat from escaping through gaps in the frame. A simple and affordable fix that makes a house more energy efficient.
            • 5. Get better heat habits

              Invest in regular maintenance and servicing of your central heating system, like bleeding radiators once a year, to ensure it distributes heat efficiently. 
            • 6. Shine a light on savings

              Opt for LEDs to cut back on electricity bills. Using less energy than traditional filaments, these bulbs will last longer to prevent costly replacements. 

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