With the cost of living rising and energy bills appearing to be going through the roof, most people are looking for ways to save cash here and there.

The temperature has dipped dramatically in recent weeks, which means more of us are putting the heating on, and it's doing nothing for our bank balances.

Luckily an expert has revealed some easy tricks that could help you save over £500 this year.

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It's said the tips could save you up to £555 on your bills if you give them a whirl.

Data shows searches for "help with energy bills" have increased by 94% in the last month as people look for ways to combat rising costs.

In light of this Jess Steele, heating technology expert at online designer radiator specialists BestHeating, issued some cheap and effective tips to help reduce the hike in household bills.

All in all they could help save Brits save up to £555 this year.

Jess said: “Bills are constantly rising so it is essential to do all we can to keep our energy bills as low as possible.

"There are plenty of ways to make small savings such as ensuring appliances are turned off instead of being placed in standby and purchasing draught excluders for just a few pounds to keep a room heated for longer.

"Whilst your bills continue to rise, making small changes to cut back on the amount of inefficient energy being used will have a strong impact, potentially saving hundreds in the process which can be used elsewhere."

Turn the heating down by one degree – save up to £80

Turning down the heating may seem like an obvious way to save money on your bills, but it can help.

Jess said: "Try putting the thermostat down by one °C to see how you feel and if you’re fine, the heating was set too high.

"Many of us are guilty of putting the heating on too high and most are happy with a setting around 18°C, so doing this can save an estimated £80 or up to 10% on a gas bill."

Install eco-lights – save up to £30

The type of bulb you are using could be raising energy bills so switch to more economic ones to instantly lower costs.

Jess said: "Lights with LED or CFL bulbs can save the average household an estimated £3 per bulb per year, so in a three-bedroomed property with two bathrooms that is as much as £30 without even using less electricity."

Replacing all the bulbs in your home to LED could even reduce your carbon dioxide emissions by up to 40kg a year.

Bleed your radiators – save up to £130

A quick and simple job to save money on energy bills is to bleed your radiators, which will improve efficiency as this releases air that is trapped inside.

Jess explained: "A tell-tale sign a radiator needs bleeding is cold spots around the top of the appliance, which means hot water isn’t able to fill all of the radiator, making it less effective and wasting money in the process.

"More economical and new radiators can save as much as 10% on heating bills.

"There are lots of easy to follow guides online if you are struggling with bleeding a radiator."

Check and replace loft and wall insulation – save up to £200

Jess said: "A quarter of the heat lost from a home is through poorly insulated roof spaces so this should be the first place you look when trying to improve the efficiency of your house."

The recommended depth of loft insulation is between 220mm to 270mm, which has more than doubled in the last few years.

If your house is old it may have just 100mm depth so change this to the recommended amount to save as much as £200 on energy bills.

An added bonus is this will last for decades so could save you thousands in the long run.

Only heat the room you use – save up to £115

Heating an unused space is adding needless money to energy bills, so ensure radiators are turned off in rooms that are not in use, such as the bedroom every morning when you leave for work.

Jess said: "Doing this will make your boiler work more efficiently, allowing the room you are in to warm up faster and saving as much as £115 if your heating is used daily.

"Don’t turn off any radiators in the room the thermostat is in or else it will affect the temperature of the rest of your home."


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