Simple steps to savings

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In light of all the recent talk about rising electricity prices and the struggle to keep up with the cost of living, it's important to know how to save energy where and when you can.

We've come up with a list of handy hints which will help you save on those pesky power bills - and remember you can always consult an electricity comparison service to make sure that you're getting the lowest possible prices.

Flick that switch

We all know that turning off appliances when we don't need them is a good idea - but do you really do this all the time?

Make extra sure to switch off appliances at the wall when they're not in use - this includes the television, computer, microwave, and even the washing machine.

The same goes for light switches. See if you can get away with turning on fewer lights in the evening - it all adds up!

Buy smart

If you're in the market for a new appliance, make sure you take a look at its energy rating.

These days, appliances can come with a variety of energy efficient functions, which will help you to save on your power bill.

Fridges, washing machines and driers are some of the items where an energy efficient model can really make all the difference.

While buying second-hand items like fridges may seem like a cheap option, this is often just in the short-term as these older models may not be very energy efficient.

This will actually end up costing you more eventually, so you'll need to weigh up the benefits of a brand new or second hand item, because sometimes a more expensive up-front purchase will actually be the one to bring you savings.

Get outside

In modern society, a lot of our activities are based inside involving electrical devices such as computers, video games, televisions amongst other gadgets.

The constant use of these can weigh heavily upon your power bill.

Why not take up some hobbies that don't involve the use of so much electricity - that is, something that gets you out of the house or at least off the computer!

Anything that gets you outside is a great idea. Fishing, team sports, dance, martial arts - a physical hobby has many benefits to health and wellbeing.

Then there are the arts. Painting, writing, reading, creating - there are many things you can do that will keep you entertained and occupied without needing to turn on a single power switch!

Posted by Matthew Cole