Cut your bills: 8 ways to save money on heating, electricity and water
Electricity, gas and water bills are on the up – again – but here are some top tip to claw back the pounds with our guide to cutting your energy bills.
Put a bottle in the toilet.
Wait, what? Yes: Place an bottle in your toilet’s cistern (that’s the bit at the back) to fill up space. This will save you water every time you flush which in a busy student flat can easily add up!
Get a jacket for your boiler
Wrap a heat-proof jacket, towel or blanket over the boiler to make it more efficient and to stop heat escaping.
Tell your landlord about leaks
Tell your landlord or their agent about any issues such as leaks or dripping taps immediately – it’s not just annoying, it’s costing you!
Use energy saving lightblubs
Switch the light blubs in your house for energy saving ones if/when they need replacing.
Take a shower
Take a shower instead of a bath: It’ll use far, far less water and you’ll be done far quicker too.
Turn things off
Should really go without saying but turn off anything you’re not using. If you’re a real penny pincher take the plug out of the wall to make sure you’re not being charged for any wasted electricity.
Get a meter readings app
Grab the aptly named Meter Readings App for your phone: This useful application makes it easy to monitor your household utility meters. Once you start entering readings, your usage, costs and savings are calculated and displayed in easy to visualise graphs.
Turn the tap off
When you brush your teeth don’t leave the tap running, instead just fill up a beaker, mug of glass of water and ration yourself.