Are you looking for some clever ways to enhance the warmth of your home, yet reduce your energy bills at the same time?
Following the news that the Government's energy price cap could rise by some 10 per cent from 1st April (Ofgem), it could mean many of us will face additional heating costs.
This has prompted money-saving advisers like Martin Lewis to urge homeowners to look out for the best energy deals they can find, and to not assume that the recently-introduced price caps will automatically work best for their household. On top of this, customers could be unaware that an energy price cap does not apply on a fixed-term tariff.
So, if you're after some clever ways to cut your costs, the team at Duette could have the perfect suggestions for you to try...
1. Electrical surge
Start by unplugging your unused electrical appliances - for instance, games consoles and speakers. This saves you £20 to £30 a year straight away, while the more appliances you have plugged in, the more you are likely to save.
A wall timer could be another good idea - it will automatically turn off appliances, helping you to save on the need to plug and unplug your appliances.
As opposed to turning the heating down, you could always try to avoid turning it up as much - that way, you get used to your body being at a lower indoor temperature. In fact, the Energy Saving Trust has said that reducing heating by just one degree could cut 10 per cent off your annual heating bill, working out at £75 a year. However, don't go too low - this could be unhealthy. The World Health Organisation says 18 degrees is the optimum temperature for healthy people who are dressed for the weather.
3. Smart thinking
Did you know that running a full load in the dishwasher, washing machine or tumble dryer uses less energy than two half loads? Similarly, when you're making a cup of tea, you should only boil the water you need, as it costs an average of 2.5p to boil a full 1.5 pint kettle.
4. Cycle the changes
When you're washing your clothes, do it at 30 degrees, instead of 40 degrees - it can be up to a third cheaper, and save you up to £52 a year.
5. Don't heat unused spaces
If you have a room that you don’t use too regularly, you should turn down the radiator. However, don't switch it off, as this leads to problems with damp.
6. A clever bedtime swap
Instead of using a household radiator to heat your bedroom, simply switch to a heated blanket - it could be the solution to your winter bill issues. As if you needed more persuasion, Which? has revealed that an energy-efficient blanket that you use for only two hours a day, every day for six months will only cost £2.99.
7. Light show
This is simple enough but can still be overlooked - make sure you remember to turn the light off when you finish in a room! The Energy Saving Trust has suggested that using an LED bulb could save you up to £80.
8. Shopping around
It's worth looking around for a new energy provider as it could ultimately save you as much as £300 each year.
9. Wash the right way
If you washed up using a bowl instead of running a tap, you could help yourself to save up to £25 each year.
10. Rearrange your furniture
If your furniture is pushed up against a radiator, it could be blocking off the heat. By moving the sofas and other items around, you let the heat fully circulate in the room.