OUR electricity bills are all soaring as people spend more time at home.
Household usage is up on average 38 per cent compared to this time last year, finance site thinkmoney.co.uk says.
Here, I have tips to cut out waste and save money . . .
- Lights: You can save up to £100 a year by swapping your old bulbs for the more modern, energy-saving LED ones. They cost a fair bit more but will pay for themselves over a few years — and did you know you can now stock up on them at Poundland? Meanwhile, turning off unused lights around the house can cut your bill by around £13 a year.
- Chargers: Most phones and tablets take just two hours to charge. But many of us leave them plugged in overnight, which continues to draw power.
It costs roughly one penny to leave a phone on charge overnight and slightly more for a tablet. But the soaring number of devices costs the average household £33 a year in electricity.
It pays to keep an eye on what devices are charging and to unplug ones that are fully topped up, especially before going to bed.
- Standby mode: Stop leaving items on standby. Instead, switch them off fully and you could save around £30 per year. TVs and game consoles are the most important to check.
- Kettle: If you are like me, you are making more cups of tea than usual at the moment. But you can save by boiling only what water you need — and not wandering off and forgetting the kettle, so you have to re-boil.
It costs on average 2.5 pence to boil a kettle and if you do three a day, that is more than £27 over the year. I would rather buy something nice for myself with that money.
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Deal of the day
TREAT the little ones to a new toy.
The Nerf Elite Stryfe Blaster is £19.25, down from £35 at argos.co.uk.
But, be warned, they may use it against you.
BELVITA Breakfast biscuits are £1, down from £1.85, at groceries.asda.com.
Perfect for a snack or before work.
Giselle’s little helper
YOU might not be able to get your Primark fix right now.
But at least the store is helping out by sending care packages of leggings, pyjamas and everyday items to health workers in hospitals across the country as part of a huge, global relief effort.
Nice one, Primark.
IF you are a fan of Zoflora disinfectant which is £2.80 at Asda, check out Spring Gleam, just £1 at poundland.co.uk – it’s super- similar but cash-savvy.
Reader’s saving tip
TREVOR GRADY, of Manchester, says: “When you get to the end of your shaving gel, put the aerosol in hot water and it loosens leftover gel inside to give a few extra shaves.”
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