How to cut costs at home

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Everyone is trying to tighten their belts at the moment, and there are some quick and easy ways you can do just that and reduce your household costs without adapting your lifestyle.

1.  Don't leave appliances on standby.  Appliances will still be using energy while they are on standby so pull the plug when you're not using them and watch your electricity bills drop.

2. Compare electricity prices online and shop around for the best deal.

3. Energy saving lightbulbs can save in the long run so try them out to see your electricity bills lower.

4. Hang washing out to dry instead of using the tumble dryer which uses excessive electricity.

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