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Turning off the lights, lowering the thermostat and skipping the dryer can reduce your energy consumption. The same goes for turning off devices on the wall rather than leaving them on standby. Everyone knows it.

Other energy-saving measures include running your dishwasher only at full load, rather than running two half loads.

Halving your shower time from eight to four minutes and avoiding baths altogether will also reduce your hot water usage, saving you money.

There are plenty of other ways to make sure your devices aren’t consuming power unnecessarily.

For example, reducing the temperature of your gas boiler from 80° centigrade to around 50° and 60° should ensure that you only heat the hot water you need.

Running your washing machine on a 30° cycle will also help. Just like defrosting your refrigerator and freezer, which reduces ice buildup and improves efficiency.

Yet, incredibly, there is one device you should use MORE.

Energy guru Josh Jackman, senior editor at theecoexperts.co.uk, has named one piece of kitchen equipment that saves money when you use it, compared to doing the same job by hand.

From October 1, the energy price cap will increase by 80%, from £1,971 to £3,549 per year for the average household.

Jackman says the best way to prepare for the next price hike is to configure your home to use less energy. “In response, we’ve put together a list of recommended free actions that everyone should use if they can.”

He says if you follow all of his free steps from October 2022 to April 2023, you’ll cut your energy bills by a total of £472, on average.

Jackman added: “The typical household would be expected to pay £1,835 over this period, meaning the actions below represent a saving of 26 per cent.”

His advice is practical and helpful, but one is counter-intuitive because you expect it to cost MORE money.

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Jackman says it’s actually cheaper to use your dishwasher to do your plates, glasses and dishes, rather than washing them by hand. It will actually save you £307 between April and October.

His second biggest energy saving tip, turning down your thermostat by 1° will save you a third, or around £96 a year.

Taking a four-minute shower will save £75 per person, while switching off standby electrical appliances saves £59 over the year.

Its remaining four measures are also worth doing.

  • Wash your clothes at 30° and do one less wash per week. Savings: £30.
  • Turn off lights when leaving a room. Savings: £21.
  • Go paperless rather than using your printer. Savings: £16.
  • Turn off your charger when your phone’s battery reaches 100%. Savings: £5.

It all makes sense, but tipping the dishwasher still seems unlikely. Yet other experts also echo Jackman’s view.

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The average cost of running a dishwasher is as little as £37 and £48 a year, according to the Energy Saving Trust.

This will increase from October, but it is still a great value. You can also cut costs by using your “eco” setting.

Dishwashers only use electricity to control the electronics and pump, although some older models require access to your household’s hot water supply.

Modern dishwashers do not use any hot water supply from your home, as they simply use cold water and heat it internally.

This makes them inexpensive and energy efficient. Plus, they’ll also give your plates a good clean.

Even better, they will reduce your water consumption.

The Energy Saving Trust claims that washing dishes by hand accounts for 4% of an average household’s water consumption, while using a dishwasher only consumes 1%.

Those who wash under running water are literally throwing money down the drain because they use nine times more water than a dishwasher.

If you don’t have a dishwasher, you can reduce water use when washing dishes by placing a basin in your sink.

Here are 25 more ways to save energy.

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