My simple shower trick is helping me save £110 on my bills a year – you can do it too


SAVVY saver Neil English loves a lather in the shower – and a simple trick has helped him enjoy it on the cheap by saving £110 a year on his bills.

On a mission to cut his energy bills, small business owner Neil, 45, has found a clever way to save money in the shower.


Neil managed to shave over £100 with a simple shower trick

He turns off the water every time he washes his hair and scrubs – and his housewife, Vicki Watson, 45, and stepson Cody, 16, do too.

His six-year-old daughter, Connie, is too young to follow the tip – but Neil says the whole family is making efforts to reduce their energy use.

“We’re like every family across the country – we’ve been discussing ideas to save money on gas and electricity as bills soar,” he said.

“My flat fee of £1,600 a year with Sainsbury’s Energy expires next month, and I’ve received a shocking estimate that it will cost £5,400 for a year.

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“This email quote got the whole family talking about how to save.”

Neil estimates that he, his wife and son-in-law spend about eight minutes in the shower a day.

Each person saves about three minutes of water by turning it off.

Uswitch estimates that cutting your shower time by three minutes will save you 10p.

This means the family saves a combined total of £2.10 per week – which over the year works out to £109.50.

“I think simple ideas are always the best – and this trick means you don’t have to buy anything.

“All you do is turn off the shower when you clean yourself.”

It’s not the only way he’s saved money on his energy bills.

“The printer is off and the DVD player is off until needed – they all draw electricity in standby,” he said.

“I’ll also turn down the thermostat – it can save you £100 a year.”

If not, how can you save money on your energy bills?

Tumble dryers are one of the biggest energy consumers, costing around £1.27 per cycle, according to Uswitch.

Turn it off at the switch and use a drying rack instead to dry your clothes for free.

Although your home is well protected against drafts, you can save £45 a year – you can use old socks and towels to put against your door.

Checking your boiler settings could save you £95 a year – switch off ‘comfort’ mode and lower the flow temperature.

Smart meters can cut your energy bills by £65 a month.

Washing your clothes at 30 degrees instead of 40 could save you an extra £12.

You can also get help with your energy bills.

Energy providers are offering cash grants to those hardest hit by rising bills.

British Gas recently confirmed it will pay its most vulnerable customers grants worth up to £750 to help them cope with skyrocketing bills.

Payments for the £150 Warm Home Discount scheme are due to start from December.

Check here if you are eligible for help – you can get it if you apply for certain benefits.

If temperatures drop below zero, low-income households can get a £25 payment.

Payment is made automatically, including for those on Universal Credit, for each seven-day period of low temperatures between November 1 and March 31.


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