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How to save money on your electricity bills

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You know the old saying, look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves.... Well it's probably never been more relevant than now. There are ways you can reduce your spending on electricity by just making small adjustments.
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Steam vegetables. Save electricity by having your potatoes boiling in the bottom pan and one or two layers of veg in a steamer on top. And if you are making gravy, save the water to avoid boiling the kettle.
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Turn off an electric hob or oven a few minutes before the end of cooking time. There will still be sufficient heat to carry on cooking. Always use a lid on the saucepan to keep the heat in.
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Only fill the kettle with the amount of water you need. Boiling more just wastes energy. Use any excess for cooking or washing up water.
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Ensure all your light bulbs are low energy bulbs. They do save a lot of energy. And turn the lights off when you leave the room.
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Turn off all appliances when not in use. This applies to anything that has a standby light or clock and to all chargers for mobile phones, ipods etc. If its not in use, turn it off!
6: 
Don't have the radio or television on unless you are actually watching or listening.
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Have a brief shower. Time yourself and then try to cut down the time by 30 seconds or a minute.
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Be as quick as possible when opening the fridge door. The warm air let in will mean the fridge has to work harder to keep things cool. And never put warm food in the fridge or freezer, let it cool first.
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Keep your freezer full and in a cool place. Defrost it when there is a build up of ice. Defrost food at room temperature before cooking whenever possible as cooking time is reduced than when things are cooked from frozen.
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Use the washing machine only when you have a full load and wash at 30 degrees. Hang up clothes to dry outdoors or indoors when ever possible, rather than using the
Conclusion: 
Small adjustments that save pennies can soon add up to pounds. And when you save energy you also reduce your carbon footprint.
Tips: 
Challenge everyone to see how fast they can have a shower
When cooking a meal, double the quantity so you just have to heat up next meal.
Some libraries lend energy monitors to see how much each appliance uses.

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