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How to Save Money on Your Electricity Bills

It is likely that in recent years you will have noticed a big increase in the cost of essential household bills. Enormous price hikes by electricity companies in particular have left people paying considerably more than they were 5 years ago. But there are simple measures you can take around the house to help keep your energy expenditure down and reduce costs.

First of all, switch off lights if you're not in the room. You'll only be saving a little electricity each time and it may not seem worth it, but in the long term it will add up to a big saving. Some people like to leave the lights on when they are out at night or away on holiday to deter would be burglars. If you are one of these people, consider buying a timing device so that you only have the lights on for short periods.

Replace all of your normal bulbs with energy saving ones. Energy saving bulbs use just a quarter of the electricity that a normal one does and they last much longer (as much as 12 times as long). So you will be saving a considerable amount of electricity.

Over winter months, keep your thermostat as low as possible. Every degree you reduce it by equals the equivalent of around 10 percent of your electricity cost. Make a habit of putting on extra layers before resorting to turning the heaters up.

Never leave the fridge door open for longer than necessary. It sounds like a small thing, but keeping the door open for a few moments longer than it takes to get what you need out can rapidly increase the temperature. The fridge then has to work 20 percent harder to reduce the temperature back to the correct level again.

Being careful about your energy expenditure will not just mean cheaper bills, you can will also be having less of a negative impact on the environment.

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