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Bristol beats the bills

Wednesday, 19 November 2014


Bristol has seen its fair share of energy and water bill rises this year. In fact the city has weathered some of the biggest bill hikes for water, compared to other parts of the country.

So as winter approaches, here's the Bristol with Kids run down on keeping your bills in check and making sure the festive period only comes with nice surprises.

Beat the bills



Make friends with your boiler
Over fifty percent of your energy bill is generated by that big tank in your airing cupboard so it's really important to ensure its performing as best it can. Treating to a service can help save money and give you a heads up on the possibility of a break down.

Switch it off!
How many rooms have lights on right now which aren't being used? Encourage a switch off game for your family, getting little ones to look out for rooms which are empty. It can really help drive down your electricity costs.

And don't just stop with your lights. All the appliances in the home on standby are costing you money. Turn them off and feel the benefits on your bills. These are just some tips to save energy and helping to stop energy bills spoiling your winter.

Get an extra layer
We all need an extra layer in cold weather, and that's true for your home too. Its amazing what a rug on a wooden floor can do to keep the heat in, as well as taking more obvious steps like wall and roof insulation.

Take your thermostat in hand!
For many homes you can control home much heat goes to certain rooms. There could be times in the week when you can switch off the heat in parts of the home, without it affecting anyone, and helping bring down your bill.

Tap into savings
While we're using more hot water in the winter months you can still keep the bills under control, by keeping your showers to a set time or making sure your dishwasher or washing machines are being used for full loads. Simple steps can make a huge difference. Here's a Water saving calculator to show what you can save.

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