FIGHT back against soaring bills with our great guide to recession-proofing your home.
Households are facing a miserable winter, with soaring bills, raging inflation and a looming 15-month recession.
We’ve got tips on how you can recession-proof your home and make money from it
Last week the Bank of England hiked interest rates to 1.75 per cent – the biggest spike since 1995 – which means borrowers will be stung with higher rates to pay back loans, while energy bills are set to rocket.
But The Sun’s Squeeze Team experts are here to help – and their ideas could save you £1,500 a year, with other tips possibly earning you a cool £8,500.
Here, Lucy Alderson looks at simple steps to get the most from your home.
It’s a wrap: SAVE £40
BEFORE the colder weather hits, make sure your hot water tank is properly insulated.
You’ll then be using less energy to heat your water and it will stay hotter for longer. You can buy a special insulating “jacket” at sites such as Amazon.
Coupon queen Holly Smith said: “This can save you an additional £40 every year.”
Fitting good loft insulation will also pay off too.
Dial it down: SAVE £100
TURN down the temperature dial on your boiler and you could save £100.
If you have a combi-boiler, check the temperature setting – it is usually at a default setting of 80C – but they function just as well on a lower setting.
Coupon queen Holly said: “If you turn down the temperature to 55C. you will save a lot on energy costs.
Off the rails: SAVE £149
AN electric heated towel rail can come in handy, especially in winter.
But it could add a whopping £149 to your energy bill, said Dr Steve Buckley, head of data science at energy specialist Loop.
Switch it off at the plug and avoid using it more than absolutely necessary, he suggested, adding: “You could even plug it into a timer to come on and warm your towels in the morning when you usually shower to save energy.”
Power shower: SAVE £75
INSTALL a new smart shower head – a nifty appliance that helps you control water pressure and temperature.
It means you’ll use water more efficiently and halve the amount going down the plughole unnecessarily – saving £75 a year, according to Which? …….