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Mom shares 9 gadgets and gifts that cut her energy bills by hundreds

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Lynn Beattie runs the Mrs Mummypenny blog and is our personal financial advisor on the Cost of Living crisis. This week, she talks you through freebies and giveaways to lower your bill

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My article and Facebook Live last week about energy saving was popular and read by a lot of people, so I continue this week on the same topic.

I’m sharing my favorite free software and gadgets to help you reduce your water and energy bills.

They could come in handy as energy bills rise for millions of homes from next month.

Ofgem announced energy price cap will increase by £693 for tariff holders paying by direct debit – increased from £1,277 to £1,971.

Prepaid customers will see a £708 increase from £1,309 to £2,017.

Water and wastewater bills in England and Wales are also increasing and are expected to increase by an average of 1.7% this year.







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Energy Subsidies

Here are two resources to help with your energy bills if you’re having a hard time paying them. Firstly, £150m has been given to local councils recently.

Contact them directly to understand the grant application process and see if funds are available.

Most energy suppliers have also set aside a hardship fund.

I can confirm that Octopus Energy (my personal energy supplier) has done this – they recently emailed helpful updates on energy prices and what they are doing to help their customers .

Again, contact your energy company to inquire about these hardship benefits if you are having trouble paying/on a low income.

Ours Cost of living The team of professionals is here to help YOU get through a very difficult year.

They will bring you the latest money news stories and also provide expert advice.

Whether it’s rising energy bills, weekly shopping costs or rising taxes, our team is there for you.

Every Thursday at 1 p.m. they’ll join a Facebook Live event to answer your questions and offer their advice. Visit facebook.com/dailymirror/live to watch. You can read more about team of experts here.

If you have questions – or want to share your story – please get in touch by sending an email webnews@mirror.co.uk.

Warm house discount

Be quick as this product is only available until the end of March. It is available to people on low income or pension credit.

This is a credit deducted from your energy bill and you will need to talk to your energy provider to understand the process.

You can Read more about this program here.

Smart watch

Many homes already have it installed, but if you don’t already have it, you can ask your energy company to install it for free.

This will provide real-time cost and energy usage information for you and your energy supplier, meaning more accurate bills and you can track your energy usage.

The smartwatch itself won’t save you money, but it will give you information so you can change your behavior and thus save on your usage costs and bills.

Radbots

This is a smart gadget that attaches to your radiator controller. It learns how you use a room and controls the heating to match it.

No need for fussy thermostats or engineers to set up visits, it’s an easy way to reduce your energy use.

Heat dissipation reflector

This is a product that is installed behind a wall radiator facing the outside and will prevent heat from escaping to the wall.

One freebies way is to insert tin foil behind the radiator to reflect the heat back into the room doing the same job for less investment!

Gifts from your water supplier

Visit your water supplier online for free water-saving products.

My local company South East Water has a ton of devices to make a difference in your water use.

Reducing water consumption will also reduce your energy bills as about 25% of your heating bill is for heating water.

What helps you cut your bills? Let us know in the comments section below

Use a shower timer or a toothbrush timer






Lynn has bath time to track her water usage





Free bath time from her water company

I received a free shower timer from my water company. Cutting your family’s shower time by just one minute could cut your energy and water bills by £120 a year.

This is based on a family of four, £60 water savings and £60 energy savings.

Use a toothbrush timer to time those two minutes and turn off the faucet while brushing.

A running faucet wastes six liters of water every minute it runs!

Using bath floats for children’s bathrooms

I love this product for a baby shower, or a comfortable adult footrest.

An inflatable device that sticks to the bottom of the tub using suction pads, reducing the need to overfill the tub.

It saves up to 30 liters of water in each shower.

Faucet and shower regulator

There are free devices that can limit the flow of water from faucets and showers to ensure that less water is used when the faucet is turned on.

Using a few of these devices will make a difference to your bill, some in a small way, others more significantly.

Try to save money and protect the environment.

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