Martin Lewis explains how to reduce your energy bills
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Temperatures are dropping in the UK while Britons face rising household bills as a result of the energy crisis. To save yourself from an astronomic energy bill this winter, should you turn off appliances to conserve energy?
We all want to get the best deals when it comes to bills.
Using less energy isn’t just good for your household bill, but it is also good for the environment.
There are however, lots of myths and fake hacks out there, that won’t save you any money but will add loads of faffing around.
Everyone likes to save money on necessities like bills, but is it true your appliances still drink power when they’re plugged in, even if they’re turned off?
This is a hack worth doing: being too lazy to unplug your appliances could cost you up to £80 a year in energy bills.
Keeping your appliances on standby – like leaving your TV plugged in, with just the little red light on – means they are still using power.
So, if you’re keeping appliances like your TV, radio, and microwave on standby – usually indicated by the light, or by a digital clock – you’re paying for that privilege.
It may only be a couple of pounds a week, but the Energy Saving Trust estimate this is costing the average household up to £80 a year.
Imagine what else you could treat your house too with an extra £80!
Don’t forget your gadget chargers either.
Even if your smartphone or tablet isn’t charging, if you leave the charger plugged in its still drawing electricity.
Also: think about charging your phone while you sleep.
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It takes roughly two hours for your phone’s battery to charge to ‘full’; so why are you leaving it plugged in all night?
Consider charging your phone before you go to bed, and then unplugging the charger overnight.
Should you turn plugs off at the wall?
Is it worth turning plugs off at the socket? Well, if its easier for you than unplugging the appliances that will drink power while on standby, sure: it will save you cash.
However, if your plugs are turned ‘on’ at the wall, but nothing is plugged into them, they won’t use any energy.
This is because without a plug in the socket, the circuit is incomplete, so no electricity can flow.
So, don’t bother going around your home switching off empty sockets.
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