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Four quick and easy ways to cut £100 off your energy bill

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As the temperature dips, people across Britain will be turning up their thermostats. But millions of households are not making simple changes to their energy use that could save them hundreds of pounds.  

That’s according to Citizens Advice and the Energy Saving Trust, who this week launched Big Energy Saving Week, a campaign backed by business and energy secretary Andrea Leadsom, aimed at empowering people to save energy and money and reduce their carbon footprint.

British homes are responsible for around 25% of carbon emissions, making them one of the biggest contributors to the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions.

However, 9.7 million households have not taken steps to change their home energy use, despite the opportunity of saving money and helping cut their contribution to global warming.

The vast majority of households (87%) think small changes will make little or no difference to their finances, while a third (31%) don’t consider managing their energy use as a priority or think it would cost them something to control it (19%).

However, the Energy Saving Trust says four simple changes have the potential to save households around £100 a year – and help towards the UK reaching net zero emissions by 2050.

Firstly, turning your thermostat down by one degree would save households £800m and cut 3.3 million tonnes of carbon emissions every year

Secondly, changing all your lightbulbs to LEDs would save households £230m and 430 thousand tonnes of carbon emissions every year.

Next, turning appliances off rather than keeping them on standby would save households £690m and curb the release of 1.3 million tonnes of carbon emissions

And finally, only using the right amount of water in your kettle would save households £1.1bn and stop 2 million tonnes of carbon emissions being released annually.

Leadsom said: “You’d be surprised at what small steps can make a big difference – both to energy bills and to your contribution to climate change.

“During Big Energy Saving Week, I’d urge everyone to contact the Simple Energy Advice Service to see what they can do – whether it’s changing lightbulbs, switching provider or turning down the thermostat when away from home – to cut their emissions, and their bills.”

A quarter of British households say being given hints and tips would motivate them to make energy saving changes.

To help, Citizens Advice, Energy Saving Trust and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy are launching an expert-approved list of 20 ways to save as part of Big Energy Saving Week 2020, urging people to take their first step or do more on their energy saving journey.

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