Believe it or not, many of us pay too much for our household bills – without even realising. That’s right, everything from faulty appliances, to poorly maintained gadgets can increase our utility prices, so here are several ways to reduce your outgoings.

Arrange a boiler service

According to the Energy Saving Trust, boilers account for around 55 per cent of what you spend in a year on energy bills. It’s not cheap to warm a house, which is why it’s essential to arrange a central heating serviceat least once a year. A Gas Safe Register approved engineer will ensure everything’s working efficiently and could save you a lot of money in the long-run. If you have a decent boiler cover policy,annual services are often included, so you won’t even have to foot the costs.

Update your equipment

If you’ve had your washing machine, tumble dryer, cooker or TV for a long period of time, it might be time for an upgrade. Older appliances tend to be less efficient, so look for energy-saving alternatives and protect the environment – as well as your bank balance. Those with an Energy Saving Trust Recommended label are ideal, or you can look out for certain eco-friendly features like lower temperature settings on dishwashers and ambient light sensors on TVs.

Say goodbye to stand bye

Believe it or not, standby power can leave a big dent in your bank balance. Families across Britain have been wasting energy for many years, so it’s time to pull the plug on unnecessary charges. Turn all electrical items off completely when they’re not in use and never let phones, laptops,iPads or other gadgets charge unnecessarily. Using multi-socket plugs can help you switch off numerous items at the same time, so make your life easier in any way you can.

Switch to energy-saving light bulbs

Traditional, incandescent light bulbs may have lit up the world for over a century, but they’ve now been phased out. 25W, 40W, 60W and 100W bulbs have been banned in a bid to save 39-terrawatts of electricity across the EU annually, so why not help this worthwhile cause? Replace all regular bulbs with energy saving alternatives – such as compact fluorescents or LEDs – and remember to turn all switches off when you leave the room.

Everything from arranging a boiler service to buying the right bulb can bring your cost of living down, so it’s well-worth giving these energy-saving tips a go.

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