Five saving tips for winter

Winter 650 X 300Winter is often seen as an expensive season – thanks mainly to the increase in home fuel and utility bills. To help here are five tips for saving this winter:

1. Be energy efficient: There are many common-sense ways we can all improve our homes and save money all year round, not just in winter. The Energy Saving Trust – an organisation devoted to promoting energy efficiency, energy conservation, and the sustainable use of energy – offers a number of tips on being more efficient at home and on the move can be found here.

2. Use the light: Open your curtains to your south-facing windows to soak up the free sunlight during the day and let it naturally warm up your home. Just make sure that you close curtains at night to stop any chill from the cold windows.

3. Cook in bulk: By cooking multiple meals at once, you’ll save money on heating your oven, which will help your appliances last longer, and save you hassle during the week. If you freeze extra portions, you’ll save even more: a full freezer uses less energy than an empty one because the already-frozen food keeps the temperature low.

4. Use energy efficient lighting. We’ll need our lights more often as the nights draw in, so why not save money with energy efficient light bulbs? Not only will they last much longer but you’ll be doing your bit to help the environment. According to Which.com, the running cost per year of a traditional light bulb is £8.42 and it needs to be replaced roughly every 2 years. An LED energy saving bulb lasts up to 25 years, and only costs £1.71 to run per year. This means that you could save up to £180 by switching.

5. Check if you qualify for winter fuel payments: If you or a relative were born on or before 5 July 1952, you may be eligible for the Government's Winter Fuel Payment, and could receive up to £300 tax-free to help pay your heating bills. You can find out more information here.

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