Mum reveals 5 hacks to slash energy bills - including £80 thermostat trick

Every day I read comments from Mrs Mummypenny followers on social media sharing their energy bill renewal prices.

I am still astounded and shocked each time I see these huge bill increases. Sadly, it is common to now see £200-plus monthly bills, increases of more than 100%.

The price of energy is out of our control, but what we can control how much energy we use.

I have been using these tried and tested energy usage reduction tips and have reduced my bill by at least £300 a year.

My children are engaged in this energy saving mission and are a huge help with the bill reductions.

We talk about the cost of the bills, and they are keen to help mum to save as much as possible by changing their behaviours.

I have a smart meter, a useful part of understanding our energy usage.

The device itself doesn’t save you energy, but it gives key real time, hourly, daily, monthly information on your energy usage allowing you to track what you are spending and saving.

Mum reveals 5 hacks to slash energy bills - including £80 thermostat trick

I made these five changes to my energy use and saved more than £200 (based on my energy prices and smart meter information from Octopus Energy).

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There are lots of other changes you can make to save energy usage and reduce those bills too.

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Choose the changes that are easiest for you to make or do them all and save £100s on your annual energy bill.

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