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Summer’s come and gone, and even the unseasonable warmth of an Indian summer has arrived and vanished in a blink of an eye. Like it or not, autumn is here, and keeping your family warm and cozy is of course a huge priority for many people up and down the country. This is especially true, as the temperature drops and the bills rise towards the build up to Christmas.

Remember, pennies are tight, but saving money shouldn’t mean going without. With that philosophy in mind, here are 6 unique and creative methods for saving money on your winter energy bills so you can put your pennies to better use. Enjoy….

1. Insulating Your Property

Did you know that many houses lose around 75% of their heat energy through poor insulation? Make sure you keep the heat inside your house by insulating your property this autumn. It may be expensive to do but it will save you plenty of money in the long term.

2. Use A Clothes Line

Next time you go to put wet clothes in the tumble dryer, why not opt instead to use the clothes line outside? Hanging your soaking wet garments on a washing line and letting them dry naturally is a great way to save money. Honestly, you’ll be amazed at how much money you’ll save over the course of a year.

3. Is Your Kettle Half Full?

When you next fancy a refreshing brew, try and fill up the kettle halfway and save yourself both water and money. At work, we follow this money saving tip to the “tea.” Excuse the pun. Believe it or not, our company’s business electricity bills have dropped dramatically thanks to this clever money saving tip!

4. Clothe Pots And Pans

Another great money saving tip I learned in the kitchen is to cover pots and pans with a rag when cooking, as this will allow them to boil a lot quicker, and so you’ll use less gas or electricity, which means less money spent!

5. Use One Hob When Cooking a Meal

You’ll be amazed by how much energy and money you’ll save by cooking your meals on just the one hob. The downside to this is that it will take you longer to cook the meal, but just think of how much enjoyment you’ll have eating your food, knowing the financial savings you are making!

6. Keep The Fridge Door Shut

We’re all guilty of doing this one. You know what I’m talking about. Yes, that’s right, forgetting to shut the fridge door. This is a common custom many people fall in to, and a fridge door left open for long periods of time can waste plenty of electricity as it takes a lot of energy to it cool down again.

There you have it, six great frugal tips to save you a small fortune over the working year. If you enjoyed these tips, please feel free to try them yourself. If you have any finance and saving tips yourself, why not add a few to the list?

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Jo Lewis works part time for uSwitchforbusiness.

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