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This Morning reveals useful appliances costing less than £20, including a tap aerator and chimney balloons
With energy costs rising, more and more people are looking for ways to save money on their bills.
According to gadget expert Matthew Lock, who appeared on This Morning today, there are a number of household items you can pick up that will help lower your costs.
He listed a number of gadgets, all priced under £20, that you can use around the house to become more efficient, from faucet aerators to reduce your water consumption to items that help reduce cold drafts in your home.
In addition to more familiar items such as a radiator key, which is used to bleed radiators and keep them running optimally, he also introduced gadgets that may be less familiar to many, including chimney cushion.
Hot water cylinder jacket
If you have an old metal cylinder type boiler, spending about £12 on a hot water cylinder jacket can save up to £200 a year on the average heating bill, according to Matthew
According to Matthew, spending around £12 on a hot water boiler could save up to £200 a year on the average heating bill.
He said, ‘If you have an older type boiler, the metal cylinder type that many houses still have… let it wrap around it.
“It’s really cheap, and it’s so easy to wrap. It literally rolls out… you get a string, tie it around. And that insulation can save £200 on average heating bills.’
Stop Electricity Monitor
One item you can use to find out which of your appliances are consuming your power is a plug in electricity monitor, which can be picked up for under £20
If you want to monitor how much you use individual appliances, a plug-in electricity monitor (which costs around £13) can help.
Matthew said, “So this is something very similar to a smart meter for individual devices.
“You can spin this around and see what the big trainers in your house are, and it will tell you how much the device costs.
“So you have an old appliance, you want to see how much it costs, and if it’s worth upgrading to a level wattage or an efficient appliance, this can help you do the math.
“It’s around £20, so it’s not too expensive, and should pay for itself if you make those savings.”
Faucet aerator (or spray faucet adapter)
A spray tap adaptor, which can be picked up for around £12, can help you cut water consumption by about a third, saving you money
According to Matthew, “Right now if you have a tap that isn’t aerated, you’re wasting water and a lot of water, about 1,200 liters a month.”
He explained that the aerator’absorbs the air around us into the water’ saves about 30 percent of your water consumption and saves you money.
The spray faucet adapter that Matthew showed was priced at £12 from Amazon.
Meanwhile, you can avoid some cold drafts by placing a chimney cushion in unused fireplaces
If you have a fireplace that is no longer in use and want to reduce drafts, a chimney cushion may be the solution, although it is important to note that they should not be used in working fireplaces.
According to Matthew, ‘If you have one that is no longer in use, put it in your chimney.
‘heyfood rises, so all the heat you generate for your living or dining room is released into the atmosphere through the chimney.’
You lay the pillow flat and inflate it once it is installed in the chimney.
One of the biggest loads on your electric bill is drying clothes, so if you use a tumble dryer these balls can help
According to Matthew, some 14 million people in the UK dry clothes electronically, making it one of the biggest loads on your electricity bill.
“The best way to help save on that is the old-fashioned tumble dryer ball,” he said.
‘It reduces the need to iron the same amount. If you have a big load, like a duvet cover that can stick together… all it does is take the loud ones apart so the hot air can get in… it makes it more efficient.”
A simple household task that will help you optimize your utilities is to bleed radiators, which can be done with a special wrench
According to Matthew, bleeding their radiators is a simple job that people should do to optimize the performance of their radiators, for which they need a wrench.
‘When we talk about central heating boilers and heating, let the radiators bleed…and then top up the central heating boiler. It makes the boiler so much more efficient.’
Water Saving Shower Head
Using a water-saving shower head can also help you use less water while still maintaining decent water pressure
Another way to reduce the amount of water you use is to purchase a water-saving shower head.
Matthew explained, “If you’re standing on a water meter, that’s great. But they also don’t heat as much water with the water heater to use.
‘Now this [shower head] has a fan on the back that repels the air and pours it through these tiny holes creating a cyclone of water… you get a lot more pressure for your money.”
Draft-resistant thermal curtains
While Matthew said draft curtains “are not the most elegant of designs,” they help keep out cold air — especially if you have single-glazed windows.
Another way to combat cold drafts is to install thermal curtains that block out drafts, said Matthew, explaining that they “may not be the most elegant of designs,” but they help keep out cold air — especially if your windows are open. with single glass.
Another tip Matthew shared was to use electrical tape on windows to help with drafts, which he says “cost pennies.”