Households can save almost £500 every winter on their utility bills with these tips

Worried about saving money this winter?

Households can cut their utility bills by almost £500 a year by making small changes to the way they use all their electrical appliances, says the Household Appliances Manufacturers Association (AMDEA).

Just by consistently using the ‘eco cycle’ on their washing machines and dishwashers, they can save an average of over £90 a year. By taking a similar approach to saving on all the appliances they need, households can cut their annual bills by about 20 percent, AMDEA says.

Washing in “Eco” mode is one of the many simple ways to reduce utility bills, described on “know what it is”a website that offers expert advice directly from appliance manufacturers to help households save money by using the energy-efficient features of the 156 million appliances installed in our homes.

“know what it is” highlights many possible ways to save, including:

  • £54 per year using an eco-mode for each laundry room load.
  • 37 pounds per year, always using the eco-mode on a dishwasher
  • £58 per year, select “D” rating instead of “G” when replacing a refrigerator freezer.
  • 130 pounds using a heat pump dryer instead of a condenser dryer
  • 108 pounds per year, just providing for families on a daily basis a shower no more than 5 minutes
  • 33 pounds per year, by cooking baked potatoes in a microwave once a week not the oven.
  • 20 pounds per year using a fan instead of the normal one oven.
  • £57 per year when you rely on sensor technology to detect half-load washes.
  • And surprisingly 280 pounds a year for a cappuccino twice a week as you dust off the coffee machine to become your own barista.

The advice comes as everyone braces for higher electricity bills this winter. Even with the latest price cap changes, the 34p/kWh electricity bill would be 80 per cent higher than a year ago (18.9p/kWh) and, despite government guarantees, the more houses will be used, the more they will be charged – this reduces is a priority.

The key to savings is to make better use of design features, choose energy-efficient replacements, and maintain appliance performance with good maintenance.

Currently, the vast majority of users ignore the environmental settings of their washing machines. Research for AMDEA found that less than one-third of machines that offer this program are ever used in this setting. Manufacturers say that simply pressing the eco button instead of other alternatives means average household washing bills will drop to £54 for laundry and £37 for dishes for at least 16 million washing machines and 4.6 million dishwashers that have an eco mode .

AMDEA chief executive Paul Heed said: “Millions are missing out on the money-saving potential that technology built into their appliances could provide. Our industry experts are committed to showing homeowners facing current cost-of-living pressures that today’s refrigerators and washing machines can do a great job using only a fraction of the energy and water needed a decade ago. Know Watt’s What is a compilation of industry advice for homeowners on how to buy, use, maintain and repair appliances to reduce energy consumption.

Other features on Know Watt’s What include:

  • A lifetime savings calculator to help buyers trade in cars
  • Household hacks to save money when washing, cooking and cleaning
  • A quiz to test your savings skills with a prize draw for a cool coffee machine Households can save almost £500 every winter on their utility bills with these tips

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