OUR back pockets have taken a tremendous hit as monthly bills continue to rise in cost of living – but savings can be made.
Use the heatwave to your advantage and follow our tips below during your daily routine to see where you could save a penny or two.
Even if you're not heating your home right now – energy bills are predicted to hit £3,000+ in October, food bills are up and inflation is rampant.
Understandably, many people will be looking for any ways they can to cut the costs of these extortionate bills.
The good news is you can make a number of small changes around your whole home to lower your charges.
Here's how you can save money at every time of day in the current heatwave.
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Your morning shower – save £100s
Save £100 a year by changing your shower head to a water efficient version to reduce your energy bill while conserving water.
Research conducted by Energy Saving Trust said: "If a family of four replaced their inefficient shower head with a water efficient one, they could save around £55 on their gas bills and around £45 on their water bills each year."
But that's not the only way to bring your bills down – limiting your shower time to four minutes could also bring your bills down by a further £70 a year.
And if you've not got a water meter installed you could follow MoneySavingExpert's rule of thumb: "If there are more bedrooms in your home than people, or the same number, check out getting a meter."
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You can easily find out if fitting a water will bring your bills down by using the The Consumer Council for Water's free water meter calculator
Turn off vampire devices – save save £50
Whether it's your TV, printer, games console, computer or other smart tech turning devices off at the socket instead of leaving them on standby could save you cash in the long-run.
So-called vampire devices continue to drain your energy even when you're not using them.
TV's alone cost £16 on average a year when in standby mode – so switch it off to save.
Use the freezer – save £100s
The freezer is your friend. Cut down on food waste and freeze items that can be used as at a later date.
You can save by buying and freezing fruit and veg – after all some of the best bargains are often found down the freezer aisle.
Make sure the appliance is in the right place though – if possible it should be positioned out of direct sunlight and away from the oven, or it will have to work harder to stay cool, adding to your bills.
Don't take a dip – save £64
If you've a water meter and you fill up your paddling pool four times in any month you could up your water bill by a whopping £64.
If you really need to take a dip, don't overfill the pool – and try to avoid emptying and refilling it too often or leaving the hose running to create a slip n' slide, as this will use even more water.
You could also swap a dip for an ice pack to cool you down – it's must less likely to dent your back pocket.
Shop around – save £504
If your policy has automatically renewed you're likely to be paying a higher premium than if you'd shopped around.
Use a price comparison site for quotes. The main firms include Confused.com, Compare The Market, MoneySupermarket and Gocompare.
According to MoneySavingExpert, the best time to get a quote is 23 days before you need the policy to start. You could save up to £504 by following the so-called 23 day rule.
Customers could save up to £59 each year by paying for their annual car insurance premiums in one lump sum instead of making regular monthly payments
Watch the telly – save £100s
If you're out of contract get new quotes for you mobile, home phone, broadband and TV packages using firms like Uswitch.
But if you're brand loyal you could still save £100s by haggling with your broadband provider or scrapping TV channels you don't use.
Before you sit down to watch a film – take note of all the streaming services you're paying for and which ones you actually use.
Ditching unused subscriptions could save you hundreds.
Avoid the oven – save £100s
Using your oven in the heat won't just cost you in energy, it'll unnecessarily heat up your home too.
Switching to an air fryer can save you on up to a £1 per meal cooked in energy costs.
Uswitch estimates that you can save 24p cooking your baked potato in the microwave.
It costs 27p to cook one in the oven, but just 3p in the microwave.
And while you're waiting for your meal to cook, take the time to check your savings rate.
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