Cost-of-Living Crisis Advice Offered

Not a day goes by that there isn’t more news coverage on the growing cost-of-living crisis, particularly utility bills.

Thanks to a £20,000 grant from UK Power Networks, our Life Connectors have been able to provide advice and support to people struggling with rising energy bills.

There are lots of reasons why households struggle with their bills – everything from low incomes to higher than average energy needs due to age, health reasons or family circumstances. Over the last few months, we have been giving top tips about how to save money as well as signposting clients to specialist support and grants. A list of simple hints to deal with the cost-of-living crisis can be found below:

  1. Switch off lights in unoccupied rooms
  2. Hang thicker curtains and close the curtains at dusk
  3. Monitor your energy use
  4. Turn the thermostat down by 1 degree
  5. Use night storage heater controls correctly
  6. Get a better understanding of the Economy 7 tariff
  7. Reduce on-peak electric immersion heater by 1 hour per day
  8. Power down gadgets and/or turn off appliances
  9. Dry clothes outside instead of in a tumble dryer
  10. Use gas central heating instead of a decorative gas fire
  11. Get the most from solar PV panels
  12. Defrost the freezer regularly
  13. Only boil the water that you need
  14. Wash at 30 degrees rather than at higher temperatures
  15. Fully load the dishwasher and/or washing machine before using
  16. Set a timer for 4 minutes when using an electric shower

You can download our flyer with these simple money-saving tips here.

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