Energy-savvy homeowners could save up to £100 on their gas and electricity bills by using power more effectively, it has been claimed.
According to Ratedpeople.com, a matchmaking service for home improvers and recommended tradesmen, the average household spends around £565 annually on gas and electricity but this sum can be dramatically reduced by implementing some simple measures.
The firm suggests that lowering the thermostat by one degree can save ten per cent of the overall energy consumed, while turning electrical items off completely can save households up to £37 a year.
Energy-saving light bulbs can cut energy wastage by 75 per cent as they last ten-times longer than a normal bulb, adding up to a £9 saving each year.
Ottokar Rosenberger, sales and marketing director of Ratedpeople.com, commented: "Saving money on energy bills is much easier than some may think. Simple tasks such as regularly defrosting the fridge and washing clothes at a lower temperature can slightly lower utility bills but, all the little changes combined can make a noticeable difference to annual spend."
However, while energy-saving measures can help homeowners cut down on their utility bills, it is still important people make sure they are getting the best deal on their gas and electricity tariffs.
Recent research by Legal and General found that just 16 per cent of people living in the south region are comparing prices to find out who offers the cheapest gas and electricity, despite the fact this could help them cut their outgoings.
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