Forgetting these 7 things is costing you £600+

By Jessica Truss | Published January 15, 2020

We all make the odd mistake, but sometimes the stakes are higher than others. Forgetting these 7 things is added up to hundreds of pounds wasted...

1. Forgetting to unplug at the end of the day

Idle energy could be running up your electricity costs by around £100. That’s right, even if you diligently turn off the switch the minute you're done, the energy consumed by appliance on standby still comes into play.

Be sure you don’t forget to unplug anything you don’t need overnight. Cutting out this energy wastage is a simple way to add £100 back into your pocket.

2. Forgetting to switch your energy supplier

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3. Forgetting to handle that dripping tap

The drip, drip, drip of a leaky tap may drive you insane, but the worst thing is when you just get used to it. 

Experts say that having just one tap in the home that drips away wastes nearly 128 litres of water over the course of a year. What a waste! All adding up to extra pounds on your water bill.

Ever notice a pool of water in the bottom of your fridge? That can be caused by a clog in the small drain hole on the back interior wall of your fridge. It’s really easy to clean, simply open the fridge door and locate the hole. Then take a cotton bud and poke around inside until debris has been cleared. 

4. Forgetting to set the  fridge temperature

We’ve all done it before.

Playing around with the temperature dial in the fridge can cause big headaches. You should always keep your fridge set to 4°C or lower and the freezer around  -17.°C.

Right now, if your freezer is set any higher then it’s probably not getting as cold as it needs to be. 

5. Forgetting to swap out your bulbs

Did you know you could be paying more for your energy simply because you have old light bulbs?

It’s not often we need to replace bulbs so it’s understandable why so many of us have the old type of light bulb. 

When you next replace your light bulbs look for LED bulbs - these will bring down the cost of your energy bills. Plus they last much longer. Win Win.

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6. Forgetting to question your council tax band 

In England and Scotland the council tax system has a host of flaws that could cost you dearly. As many as 400,000 UK households have been placed on the wrong council tax band. 

The result? Only up to a measly £400 per year!

To get started on this one, just go to the Valuation Office Agency website and contact them directly if you suspect you’re losing out. 

7. Forgetting that food in the fridge

It’s so much easier to go out and grab something for lunch, instead of preparing a meal at the weekend. Or, to order something in when you’ve had a long day rather than step foot in the kitchen.

But, if getting into this habit can be costly for the bank balance in more ways than one. A recent report shows that the average UK household wasted £470 worth of food a year.

That underused food wn starts to add up! So, Try buying smaller quantities when you do your weekly shop or buying limited quantities of perishable items.


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