These ingenious hacks can help save energy and money with very little effort

IT’s always the perfect time to help reduce fuel bills and get household finances in order.

While the campaign encourages households to check and switch their energy provider – Martin Lewis of Money Saving Expert is a big advocate of swapping to save money – there are a few easy, quick changes we can make. Replacing everyday items such as a light bulb, a shower head or using tumble dryer balls can result in big energy savings.

Online marketplace eBay has shared 5 simple hacks that can help us all save money on our energy bills.

Simple energy saving tips

1. Swap the shower head

Save up to 40 per cent water usage by changing to a smart shower head. Modern shower heads use current-limiting technology to save up to 40 per cent water usage while showering under normal water pressure.

Buy now: High Turbo Water Saving Laser Iconic Filter Shower Head, £10, eBay

2. Install a smart meter

As part of a government scheme all energy supplies now install smart meters, at no extra cost, to help you keep track on what you are spending. Monitoring your daily household usage will help you be mindful of energy consumption – helping reduce how much we use and therefore costs.

If you’re on a waiting list and need a quick fix to start reading your usage, you can buy independent readers. There’s an initial outlay, but you’ll soon start saving because of it.

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