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DAD-OF-TWO Mark Thompson was able to save £750 on his bill by turning off or selling energy-intensive appliances.

Armed with a nifty money-saving gadget, Mark went around every room in the house to see how much the appliances cost to run. I was shocked by the results.

Mark's secret weapon for saving on utility bills is a smart plug


Mark’s secret weapon for saving on utility bills is a smart plug
He puts sticky notes around the house to remind you how much it costs to run appliances.


He puts sticky notes around the house to remind you how much it costs to run appliances.

Mark used to work in the energy industry and lives with his wife, Heather. Heather is also retired and lives in Norwich, Cheshire. They have two children (Hannah, 26, and her 22-year-old Sally).

To keep costs down, Mark decides to closely monitor how much energy his freezer, kettle, washing machine, and dishwasher are using in April when his bill goes up.

He bought a smart plug to do this. They act like his second plug. Plug it into the socket, then plug in the appliance.

Several models are available for purchase that indicate how much it costs to run the appliance.

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Cheaper models typically cost between £8 and £15, unlike smart meters. Because we don’t know the price of individual appliances.

Mark’s energy supplier is light bulbs, and at his current monthly variable rate, each unit of electricity is 28 pence per kilowatt-hour.

Some appliances use more energy to operate than others. Mark was surprised to see how much some of them cost.

The biggest cost waste was his old freezer, which cost him about 68 pence a day, or £250 a year.

He has two which cost him £500 a year.

His kettle costs a penny a cup. Over the year it will cost him £43.80.

He uses the dishwasher three times a week at a cost of 37 pence for a total of £57.72 a year.

Spinning the washing machine costs twelve pence each time and is used three times a week.

His printer is on standby and costs him £15 a year.

“It’s a great opportunity to find out how much their appliances cost, often spending big bucks to run them,” he said.

He has made some major changes around the house to reduce his electricity bill and now believes he will save around £750 a year.

“I’m going to dispose of my extra freezer and sell it. I can’t justify the cost.

“I now turn my appliances off from the outlet if I know they are energy intensive.”

He puts sticky notes on appliances and writes how much they cost to scribble to remind them to use them sparingly.

He also put felt-tip marks on the kettle so you know where to pour up to two cups of tea.

He knows that with electricity bills rising to an average of £3,549 a year, the cost of running appliances will skyrocket again. So he’s making changes now.

“Now we have a better understanding of what uses what.

“Smart plugs cost up to £15, which is pretty steep, but the savings are definitely worth it.”

How else can you cut costs around the house?

According to Uwitch, tumble dryers are one of the biggest energy consumers, costing around £1.27 per cycle.

Turn it off with the switch and use clothespins to dry your clothes for free instead.

According to the Energy Saving Trust, turning your thermostat down just one degree can save you £100.

Properly windproofing your home can save you £45 a year. You can put old socks and towels on the door.

Checking your boiler settings can save you £95 a year. Turn off the “comfort” mode to reduce the temperature of the stream.

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A smart meter can save you £65 a month on utility bills.

Save an additional 12 pounds by washing at 30 degrees instead of 40 degrees.

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