It’s true: the Big Deal is primarily here to help you switch your energy.

But there are still lots of ways to save tonnes of moolah without switching at all.

Here are four top tips, from one normal person to another.

1) Do the maths and upgrade your light bulbs

No-one gets excited about buying light bulbs. When we have to replace them, we typically buy the cheapest in the supermarket… and they are a total false economy.

Incandescent bulbs use TEN TIMES as much energy as LEDs. This means each one costs you almost £20 a year, instead of about £2.

What’s more, LEDs last for 25,000 hours (which is about 25 years of service), whereas a traditional light bulb only lasts a year or 1,000 hours.

  • Cost: £3.50 a bulb
  • Savings: Up to £180 a year
  • Best for: People in gloomy houses who don’t mind climbing ladders and don’t like wearing wool.
2) Exclude those draughts

It always puzzled me that you get draught excluders that look like cats. My cat always got as far away from draughts as he could, like the rest of the family.

Typically you could find him lying over a warm pipe, looking like he’d just been Tasered. Here he is c.1999.

But draught exclusion is not just for doors.

If you’ve got old, heat-leaking windows, try putting draught-proofing strips around your window frames.
Seriously, you can do this.

  • Costs: About £10 for 5m of tape.
  • Savings: About £50 a year
  • Best for: People in old houses who enjoy odd jobs.
3) Buy glorious knitwear (and turn down your thermostat)

The Energy Saving Trust reckon that if you turn your thermostat down just 1ºC, you might save £85 a year.

But it’s horrible when it’s cold at home.

“Throw a jumper on!” they all say. Well here’s a controversial Big Deal tip:

Get yourself a sweet cardigan.

When cold sets in, no-one likes pulling the coarse wool of a Shetland jumper over their face. Far easier to pull on a cardigan.

It doesn’t even mess up your hair.

  • Cost: Nothing. Just the cardigan.
  • Savings: Over £85 a year if you’ve been enjoying a tropical domicile.
  • Best for: Anyone who doesn’t feel the need to stroll around the house naked.
4) Get a better boiler. If you really have to.

If your home heating was a living organism, the boiler would be its heart.

Your boiler heats water then pumps it around your house, through the closed loops of your radiators, before the water returns to be heated once more.

I don’t want to stretch a metaphor here, but you don’t want your heart working much harder than it needs to.

But equally, um, no-one wants a heart transplant unless they really have to.

Ok, let’s leave the metaphor there.

  • Savings: £650 a year if you swap a G-rated boiler for something at the top of the range.
  • Cost: A lot! You’re probably looking at around £3,000.
  • Best for: People whose boilers have packed in, and who don’t mind making an investment that will only pay off in 10 years.
How does that sound? Oh hang on – there’s something I forgot…

Do you fancy a free way to save? One that takes no effort at all?

Then just switch your energy to a cheaper tariff!

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  1. I’ve tried numerous times to change my deal, currently with EDF. PROBLEM:
    They all lower my bill about £200-250. Certainty a help, But they can’t offer warm home discounts which are £200.00 per year. Not likely to switch!
    I’d like to see electricity offers based on their offer, not on knowing current
    charges. All I get is the same as above. Not worth it. By the way, very small
    two bedroom flat. £1200. per/year or more. Very energy conscious. Ridiculous
    cost. G

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