If you’re searching for a way to cut your household expenses, you’re in luck. Forget cutting out all of your discretionary spending or becoming a Grinch who lives near the thermostat. Here are five even simpler ways to save money.

1. Compare energy prices.

One of the benefits of living in the UK is having access to so many different kinds of tariffs for your energy service. Make sure that you are always getting the best deal for your electricity and natural gas by regularly researching other companies so that you’ll know when it is time to make the switch.

2. Maintain your heater to keep it in good condition.

When the winter hits, many homeowners start to feel the squeeze from their energy suppliers. Doing everything that you can to keep your heating costs down is key to having a happy and cosy winter, so make sure that you make an appointment with a professional to inspect your heating system before cold weather arrives. Also, insulate your hot water heater with a blanket to prevent costly heat loss.

3. Get Energy Star appliances.

The majority of your electricity expenses comes from household appliances like the refrigerator, dishwasher, and washing machine. The next time you’re on the market for a new one of these, search for the Energy Star label because these appliances use far less energy than their counterparts.

4. Remember that water counts, too.

You need energy to heat the water that you use every day, so remember that turning off the tap when you are washing dishes and brushing your teeth is key for energy conservation. You could also install a low-flow shower head to save more than £200.

5. Get the family in on it.

Simple and time-tested habits like always closing the refrigerator door when making a snack or flipping the light switch when leaving a room still apply. Make sure that your family is putting just as much effort into saving energy as you are with these friendly reminders.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Peter has received many accreditation's including many from the Times Online. As founder of You Could Save (2005) and What Stationers (2007) Peter regularly helps consumers and national organisation ‘save money’. He believes that the only successful way to bring people together online is to provide an open marketplace where people can all work together in a friendly, unbiased environment. You can contact Peter Millikin either through his Google+ account or via his websites.

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