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Six ways to cut your costs this summer

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July

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1. Change your cooking habits

Simple! When you cook less, you get lower fuel bills. And with the huge range of delicious vegetables in our supermarkets and farmers’ markets these days, making more salads is a no brainer. There are hundreds of colourful, tasty, nutritious salad combinations to inspire you, so there are plenty of health benefits too. If you do need to cook a few ingredients, using a microwave can cut your costs even further.

For a break away from the salad leaves, why not fire up the barbeque and dine al fresco? You can find lots of great recipes online for free. And if you’re signed up to our rewards scheme, you can exchange what you earn for Tesco points or high street vouchers to buy the groceries and outdoor essentials you need.

Tip: invest in a good salad recipe book at the start of the summer, so you’re ready to make use of vegetables as they come into season. 

2. Enjoy the outdoors

If the sun is out, it’s a very good idea for you to be too. The savings you’ll make on heating, lighting, and gadget power costs are obvious. Add to those a healthy dose of vitamin D and the chance to exercise, and you have a perfect reason to make the most of blue skies.

For a cheaper way to experience some exciting and entertaining days out, make sure you’re signed up for our rewards scheme. You can exchange what you earn for Tesco Clubcard points. Use them on a fantastic choice of activities and family days out, including theme parks, zoos and castles.

Tip: keep your curtains closed while you’re out. It prevents your house heating up during a hot day, so there’s less need to use expensive fans to cool it down again at night.

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3. Standby no more!

Keeping ‘screen–time’ to a sensible level is something many parents struggle with. But without a doubt, there will be extra usage during July and August.

Watching a family film with your loved ones means you can spend time together while using less energy. If you’ve got Sky Cinema, look out for us before and after movies on the Premiere and Family channels. Through our new partnership with Sky Cinema, we’re also offering the chance to win a year’s Sky package. Enter the competition here.

One way to keep down the costs involved is to make sure that TVs, games consoles and the like are always fully turned off. Amazingly, the average household spends between £50 and £86 a year on standby energy alone, so there’s some serious savings to be made.

Tip: when you turn off your lights at night, remember to look out for the evil red dots of devices still in standby mode so you can switch off.

4. Ditch the old devices

If your budget can stand it, it can be a good idea to upgrade one or more of your energy gobbling devices. More recent models tend to be much more energy efficient than their predecessors, and devices become less efficient as they age too. 

If you’ve built up some points through our rewards scheme, look at exchanging these for high street vouchers so you can reduce your costs.

Tip: Look for energy efficiency certificates, or research different models at www.energystar.gov before you buy.

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5. Take a break

One way to ease the pressure on your energy usage at home during the summer is simply to go away for a couple of weeks. You can get vouchers towards holidays by exchanging your E.ON Rewards points to Tesco vouchers; their value can be boosted to buy more towards some fantastic family breaks both at home and abroad.

When you decide to take a trip away, things can easily slip your mind when trying to get a family out of the front door. But if you do happen to leave your water and heating on, E.ON Touch is ready to come to the rescue. This simple app and sensor system lets you control your boiler directly from your smartphone and costs far less than you might think. 

Tip: Use your phone to switch the heating back on before you return, so you’re welcomed by a warm house. Read more about E.ON Touch.

6. Track how you’re doing

Our free Saving Energy Toolkit is a great way of checking how well your energy saving efforts are going at home. Located in your online account, it lets you see and adjust how much energy you are using from month to month all year round.

Tip: Use it to check whether your summer measures worked, and how your usage compares to other households in your area. 

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