November 13, 2017

Six easy ways to save money at home this Christmas

It’s only November, but with Halloween over it can only mean one thing… Christmas! But that doesn’t mean we have to spend extortionate amounts of money in times when we have to tighten our belts more than ever.

So, in true festive spirit, we wanted to share some of our best pre-Christmas hacks to keep your home - and your wallet - happy over the holiday season.

1. Get energy-efficient Christmas lights that are cost-effective too

Blanketing the house in twinkling Christmas lights is a tradition for many families over the festive season. But if you want to turn your home into something out of Christmas Vacation you’re going to see an electricity bill to match.

Incandescent light bulbs - the kind you see in all those eighties Christmas movies - use up to a whopping 90% more energy than LED bulbs. In fact, if everyone in the UK swapped to LED Christmas lights, we’d save £13 million over the twelve days of Christmas alone.

Switching to LED light bulbs - or even solar powered Christmas lights - could bring some serious joy to your home this Christmas, and the savings on your electricity bill will certainly have you singing carols.

2. Double-check that you’re not overpaying on your phone contract

We know several names that will definitely be on Santa’s naughty list this year - as Which? has found that mobile phone providers such as EE, Three and Vodafone are all over-charging their customers when their mobile phone contracts come to an end.

How does this happen? When you take out a new phone contract most suppliers will bundle the cost of the handset and the tariff into one monthly bill. When your contract is up and you’ve paid off the handset, in theory, your bill should go down to reflect that you’re now only paying for the tariff. Some mobile phone suppliers haven’t been doing this and thus have been over-charging consumers to the tune of £355m per year.

Save yourself a few bob this Christmas and check you’re not a victim of this unfair over-charging. All you need to do is give your provider a call to find out whether your contract is up.

3. Make Christmas crafty with do-it-yourself gifting and decorating

Making your own Christmas gifts isn’t just a lovely personalised alternative to a shop-bought item, it could also save you some serious dough too. Why not have a go at bottling your own mulled wine, making your own Christmas-scented candles, or creating your own personalised DIY Christmas cards?

The same goes for your Christmas decorations. Rather than buying new tinsel and baubles every year, try making your own. Pinterest has some great easy Christmas-themed craft ideas for beginners: from baubles to gift sacks to Christmas bunting.

4. Going on hols? Turn your heating down, not off, to avoid a big emergency repair bill

You might think that, if you’re going away for Christmas, turning off your heating will save you a big chunk of money off your heating bill. That’s not necessarily the case. When pipes go cold in the winter they can freeze and, if you’re really unlucky, they can burst. The last thing anyone wants during Christmas is a flooded home and a hefty emergency repair bill. If you have a big house that isn’t well insulated, you can actually use more energy trying to heat your home back up when you get home, and this translates into a not-so-festive energy bill.

If you’re away from home during the holiday season, turn your thermostat down to around seven to ten degrees instead of completely off. It’s surprisingly much more energy efficient, and you’ll be thankful to save some money on your energy bill during those cold winter months.

5. Use smart home technology to save money on your energy bills

Keeping your home warm efficiently during the winter is the ever-present problem of most households in the UK. You don’t want to wake up feeling like a snowman, but sometimes it can be tempting to notch the heating down a few degrees and sacrifice your comfort to save a few pounds on your energy bill.

We don’t think anyone should have to feel cold and uncomfortable in their own home. Managing the energy in your house using smart tech such as smart thermostats and home energy management apps for your phone can make all the difference. Two popular choices are Hive and Nest: both of them give you much greater control of gas and electricity usage in your house, even when you’re not there to change the thermostat or turn off the telly yourself. They’re pricey, but they really are worth it for the long-term savings they could generate.

6. Join Flipper for a hassle-free energy switch, guaranteed to save you £££

Still worried about how high your energy bills are getting over Christmas? The energy market is a tricky place, and can often be really difficult to navigate when you want to make a change.

That’s where Flipper comes in. We work all year round to find the best possible energy deals for our customers, and we switch them seamlessly onto a new supplier if we find a better tariff: totally hassle-free.

In fact, on average we save our customers £385 per year. That’s a lot of lolly to spend on all your Christmas essentials like prosecco, mince pies, and matching Christmas jumpers for the entire family.

So, if you think you might be paying too much money for your energy, trust Flipper to work some Christmas magic and switch energy suppliers for you.

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