Money will need to be stretched further in the coming weeks. The government detail that only the most “essential” people should be working during this time and businesses are closing doors at every turn.

“Once your washing is ready to dry, turn away from the trusty tumble dryer which costs 30p an hour to use and instead invest in a heated clothes airer that will dry your clothes at a fraction of the cost.”

Home interiors

“When looking at the changes you can make around your home to save on your household bills, it’s a good idea to think about your home interiors. For example, lighting can have a vast impact on the look and feel of a room.

“However, not only can your choice of lighting affect the aesthetic of a room but the bulbs you choose can also have a huge impact on your energy bills too. Simply changing the bulbs in your home to LED bulbs, can save households on average £7 a year per LED lightbulb, on energy usage and the bulbs can last for two whole decades, saving the additional cost of rebuying.

“In addition to this, if the chill in the air inspires you to overhaul your home interiors, it’s worth considering your choice of paint colour. Decorating your home with darker tones such as on trend deep navy will absorb the heat in your home, resulting in a warmer space. Whereas cooler shades like magnolia and pale grey are perfect for creating a cool living space in the summer months.”

Heating

“During these times, warming our homes is high on our agenda and it can be tempting to whack the dial up to the highest temperatures to escape the chill. However, turning the heating down by just one degree on the thermostat can save an average of £75 a year on energy costs.

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“However, the temperature of your home can still be maintained at a high level by ensuring you have thick curtains and fireplace balloons to stop warm air escaping the home and covering any exposed floors with thick, plush rugs and throws.”

Hoppy went on to analyse just how much money could be saved by reviewing average figures for their users.

This research revealed that customers could save as much as £492 by effectively switching energy providers, £595 by moving to bundled broadband deals and £264.64 by taking advantage of car insurance offers.



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