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7 tips for saving money this winter

Some practical advice for saving pennies in the run-up to the most expensive season.

AS THE YEAR’S most expensive season looms in sight, we’re all looking for ways to cut down on the household bills.

There are some simple, practical things you can do every day to cut down on your energy outgoings – and, even better, most of them are completely free.

1. Keep ‘em shut

Heat escapes out of houses through the windows, so don’t forget to close your curtains!

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2. Good habits die hard

Try to form good habits around your house – for example, always switch off lights when you leave a room, use your immersion’s timer and remember to close doors to unheated parts of the house. Every little thing makes a difference.


3. Off, not standby

Did you know that switching an appliance off rather than leaving it on standby can save 20% of its electricity use? So don’t forget to unplug appliances when you’re finished with them, or switch them off at the socket.

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4. Buy smart

All electrical appliances now have to be labelled according to their energy efficiency. Try to buy “A” rated products where possible – you’ll save money in the long run with the electricity savings.

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5. What to avoid

Try to avoid heating rooms you’re not using, or using the wrong size heater for your rooms. It’s also a good idea to have a thermostat and timer on electric heaters – and to switch them off when the room is warm enough.

Try to have showers rather than baths – they use a fifth of the energy.

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6. Get energy efficient bulbs

They use a fraction of the energy – and they last longer up to ten times longer too. Quids in.

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7. Check out what’s costing you the most

Electric Ireland have a free appliance calculator app for iPhone and Android. The calculator gives you  greater control over your home energy costs by finding out how much your home appliances cost to run. The app can also help you estimate your bill to within a few euro. Here’s some more information on understanding your electricity bill.

Could you save on your energy bills with Electric Ireland? Why not find out? Check out the latest rates and offers today.

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