MARTIN Lewis has revealed the 12 hacks you can use to knock money off your energy bills.
Speaking on ITV tonight, the UK’s resident MoneySavingExpert gave his top tips on on saving cash this winter.
Mr Lewis explained that “focusing on energy efficiency” was the best way to get your house in order and save money.
And he revealed 12 key ways in which you can save on energy bills.
Fit a free water savings shower head. This means less water and less heat and saves you lots of money.
One degree challenge
Martin says to take his one degree challenge in this house hold and try reducing temperature from 21 to 20C.
This could save 10% on heating bill, with 18C fine for healthy adults according to the WHO.
Trying to reduce even one degree will save on your heating bill so don’t turn your thermostat up when you are cold.
Use tactical and fleece lined curtains – when the sun is shining its letting light and heat into the house, when its dark its not, keep the heat it and close the curtains – do this regularly
Moneysavingboilerchallenge.com – how to turn down the flow rate on combi boilers, want it to be around 60c but most peoples are set higher which is inefficient and wastes heat
Turning it down doesn’t affect heat of house and water temperature.
Check your fridge – 5C, -18 C for freezer, if its colder you are wasting too much money.
Lower your hot water temperature from your bathroom
Hot water jacket
A hot water cylinder jacket on your boiler helps save money and cuts costs easily.
Don’t be afraid to touch your knob – turn our central heating on even in rooms we don’t use, make sure its off
Only want radiators on in the rooms you’re using- easy hack that we don’t all use
Reflective panels on radiators
Cut down TV usage
Tv four hours a day on average – put it on low energy setting to save money
Find draughts and block them, clingfilm on windows when its get really cold.
Tumble dryers are a £1 a load, stop using and save
Good for environment, good for energy security, and help energy efficiency
It comes as Lewis said that thousands could boost their savings by making a simple switch.
He revealed how “most” people are on average easy savings accounts but by “ditching and switching” to a more competitive one they could earn far more.
He showed viewers and audience members a graph of different savings accounts and what the interest rates might be on each one.
Lewis added that fixed-rate savings accounts, where customers can’t access the money until the end of a fixed period, were significantly higher than the top easy-access accounts.
This is because their interest rates are tied to gilts, which have risen since the government’s disastrous min-budget last month.
The personal finance guru has previously revealed how some households may be able to slash direct debits on energy bills this winter.
He advised struggling bill payers to take regular meter readings and use an online direct debit calculator to estimate what they should be paying based on usage.
Martin said that the average direct debit should be double what they were last year – so if it much higher than that Lewis urged viewers to “politely” call their energy companies to query it.
He added that if the company cannot justify the rise, they are bound by its license to reduce it.