• Enjoy refreshing showers after playing outside
  • Give some of your kitchen appliances a well-earned break
  • Learn the habit of switching off this holiday

Entertaining the kids at home all day during the school summer holidays can cause a spike in your energy bils. Between extra dinners cooked and the rise in TV and games console use, what you need are some expert tips to help cut your energy use. Step forward British Gas Smart Energy Expert Sarah Scrivener, who reveals her top 10 energy saving tips for reducing your bills when school’s out.

1.   Summer showers

Encourage the kids to take short showers rather than long baths – you could also invest in a shower monitor to keep an eye on how much hot water you’re using.

2.   Cooling down

Encourage the kids to turn down the temperature dial and enjoy a cooler shower after running around the garden in the summer heat.

3.   Give the oven a holiday

Try and cook food in the microwave rather than in an electric oven. You’re more than likely to save energy and using the microwave also keeps the kitchen cooler during balmy days.

4. Try a solar-powered clothes dryer

Give the tumble dryer a well-earned break too, and get the kids involved with hanging the clothes out to line dry whenever you can. The summer sunshine will work its magic in no time.

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