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Fighting the squeeze

As energy bills sky rocket, prices at the supermarket soar, and life gets increasingly more expensive every day, we are feeling the squeeze on our cost of living. Every time we witness increases, we see more people go homeless, more people go hungry, and more people have to make unimaginably tough decisions on what to prioritise in life.

We are working as hard as we can to support everyone that is being impacted by this and are constantly looking for advice and support which may help you maximise your money. Below you’ll find just some ways you can save.

If you are struggling, don’t hesitate to contact us. We are here to support.
Call: 0300 5000 600 or email


Sneaky Standby Appliances

Leaving appliances on standby accounts for a quarter of electricity in the UK.

These pesky little plugs, boxes and more can seriously eat into your pocket and spend your cash whilst you’re going about your day. Here’s a few things that will surprise you…

  • Transformers – it may be one of your favourite movie series, but loads of appliances contain something called a ‘transformer’ which uses a small amount of power when plugged in. They’re found in phone chargers, TVs, and even your printer. Make sure you always switch things like this off at the mains.
  • The national cost of this phantom energy amounts to around £2.2 billion, so not only is this energy usage putting a hole in the ozone, it’s also making a hole in our pockets!

The best way to combat all of this? Switch plugs off at the wall and take things like chargers out of the plug sockets.

Did you know? A TV Box can use up to £73 a year!

Source: The Guardian

Dealing with rising energy bills

Energy bills going up is one of the main causes of the current cost of living crisis, so here’s a few quick and easy ways to keep them down as much as possible:

  1. Keep your thermostat at somewhere between 16 and 18 degrees, then just pop it up a degree or two when you need to.
  2. Keep doors closed to maintain the heat in rooms.
  3. Only fill the kettle with as much water as you need – it’s one of the biggest energy eaters in any house.
  4. Wash clothes at 30 degrees. A 10-degree reduction can almost half the energy you use for a wash.
  5. Dry your clothes on an airer in a well-ventilated space, or outdoors if it’s not raining.

Source: Green Doctor

Don’t Flush Away Savings

There’s a bunch of ways you can make the most of your water bill and use every drop. Here are just a few…

  • Check out Yorkshire Water’s website – They have lots of advice on how you can save water, as well as a free water saving pack they can send you.
  • It’s not for everyone but a popular campaign uses the phrase: “If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown, flush it down.” – we’ll let you do what you want with that one…
  • Knock some time off your shower or think twice before having a bath.
  • Fill the sink once when you’re washing up – keeping the tap running and washing as you go uses a lot more water.
  • When you’re running your tap to temperature, fill up empty bottles and use them for things like watering plants or filling the kettle.

We know that for many of you, these tips are still not enough. That’s why we have our Money Matters team, who can signpost you to services and support networks that can provide the help you need.

Call 0300 5000 600 and ask for Money Matters

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