MONEY saving guru martin Lewis has revealed the 12 hacks you can use to reduce the cost of your energy bills.
Martin explained that “focusing on energy efficiency” was the best way to “get your house in order” and save money.
And gave 12 key ways in which you can save cash on soaring bills.
The money saving expert says you should consider fitting a free water savings shower head.
This theoretically means less water and heat is used, meaning that usage is down and cash is saved.
One degree challenge
Martin says to take his one degree challenge at home and try reducing temperature from 21 to 20C.
This could save up to 10 per cent on your heating bill, with 18C fine for healthy adults, according to the World Health Organisation.
Trying to reduce even one degree will save on your heating bill so don’t turn your thermostat up when you are cold.
Martin says to use tactical and fleece lined curtains.
He says that when the sun is shining it’s letting light and heat into the house and when it’s dark it’s not.
He advises to keep the heat in and close the curtains and do this regularly.
The Moneysavingboilerchallenge.com is of key interest to the expert.
Martin advises how to turn down the flow rate on combi boilers which most people own.
He said you should want the temperature to be around 60C but most peoples have set it higher – this is inefficient and wastes heat.
Remember, turning it down doesnât affect the heat of house and water temperature.
According to Martin, you should check your fridge for its temperature regularly.
Martin advises a fridge to be -5C while a freezer should be -18C.
If it’s colder you are wasting more than is needed.
Martin says to save money you should not cool down the hot water in your bath because it’s too hot.
Instead, he says you should wait for it to cool naturally instead of wasting heating the water by diluting it straightaway.
Hot water jacket
The expert says a hot water cylinder jacket on your boiler helps save money by reducing heat loss – this is a sure-fire way to cut costs.
Martin says donât be afraid to check your central heating regularly.
Turning on central heating on even in rooms we donât use is a bad habit among many of us – make sure it’s off.
You only want radiators on in the rooms you’re using and it’s an easy hack that we donât all use
The finance guru says that putting reflective panels on radiators can cut down on heat loss and save money.
Cut down TV usage
TV’s are used for four hours a day on average according to the expert.
Martin advises to put your TV on a low energy setting to save money.
The money saving guru says to find draughts and block them.
Draughts can cause consistent heat loss throughout your house if they are not sorted out.
You can also place clingfilm on windows when its get really cold.
Tumble dryers are a Â£1 a load, so homeowners need to stop using this and save.
This is good for environment and will help boost the energy efficiency in your house.
It comes as Martin how some households may be able to slash direct debits on energy bills this winter.
The personal finance guru told viewers that they have a right to have their energy direct debit reduced if they think they’re too high.
He advised struggling bill payers to take regular meter readings and use an online direct debit calculator to estimate what they should be paying based on usage.
Martin said that the average direct debit should be double what they were last year – so if it much higher than that Lewis urged viewers to “politely” call their energy companies to query it.
He added that if the company cannot justify the rise, they are bound by its license to reduce it.
However, be careful not to end up in debt to your supplier by lowering your energy bill by more than is necessary.
Under the Government’s Energy Price Guarantee, the average household will pay no more than Â£2,500 a year on their energy bills.
However, as Martin reminded viewers, this is not a cap on total cost but on unit prices – so if you use more energy, expect to pay more.
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