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How can I cut my gas bill?

The more expensive gas gets, the more money you save by cutting your useage. There are many ways to do this: some of our tips are common sense, some are clever, and some do cost a little money – but will pay for themselves in the long run.

 Put on a jumper

  • Yes, it is obvious, but also very effective. It is amazing how many people walk around their home in bare feet and a t-shirt in the middle of winter – and then complain about their heating bills. Turn down the heating and just put on a few more clothes
  • Turning down the thermostat by 1°C can save £40 per year

Set the timer correctly

  • Unless you live in a particularly drafty house, it probably retains its heat for at least an hour after you turn off the heating
  • If everybody leaves the house by 8.30am, you only need the boiler on until 7.30am or 8.00am, not until 8.30am
  • You don’t need the heating on at night. You can safely turn it off an hour before you go to bed

Change your heating regime

  • It is more efficient to warm your house by having the thermostat on a low temperature over a longer period of time rather than having bursts of high temperatures

Turn down the water heater

  • Heating water is usually the second most significant use of gas in your home
  • Most boilers have a dial with which you can change the water temperature. Turn it down a bit
  • This is especially the case if the water comes out your hot taps and scalds you – there is no point having having the water come out of your taps too hot to touch

Switch supplier

  • 47% of households have never switched their supplier, yet Ofgem suggest that doing so can cut your bills by up to £150 per year

Service or replace your boiler

  • Ensure your boiler is regularly serviced – emergency repairs can cost a fortune, and they always seem to happen at the most inconvenient times. Servicing will catch problems before they occur
  • Replacing your boiler if it is old – most boilers last for 10 years or so, after which they start to become inefficient wasting both gas and money. Look to get an energy efficient one when replacing your boiler

Insulate your home

  • Heat rises, so get loft insulation first. In an uninsulated home a quarter of all heat is lost via the roof. While it is not cheap, loft insulation will pay for itself within just a few years, particularly as the price of gas increases
  • Cavity wall insulation is also a good investment

Get heavy curtains and a bit of DIY draught proofing

  • It can often be more cost effective than double-glazing
  • For an average three bedroom house, upgrading from single to double glazing will cost between £2,500 and £3,000. This might save you £150-200 per year, but the pay back time is 10-12 years
  • Get some self-adhesive rubber draught stripping instead for a few pounds
  • Heavy curtains closed against the cold night will act as insulation

Turn off radiators that you do not use

  • Turn off radiators in spare rooms and block against draughts coming from that room

Wash your clothes at 30°C

  • Unless your clothes are heavily soiled or stained, you shouldn’t have to wash them in anything but warm water

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