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It’s hard to believe, but the school summer holidays are almost upon us once more – great news for commuters, as the morning traffic is virtually non-existent for well over a month, but not-so-great news for parents who have to keep the kids entertained for weeks on end.

Then there are the soaring energy bills, as games consoles and televisions are left on all day, and extra meals need preparing – not to mention the fact that this summer has been so bad that many of us have been turning the central heating back on!

But don’t despair, we’ve got six super energy-saving tips to see you through the six weeks of the summer holidays.

How to save energy and money during the summer holidays

1. Get out and about

If you’ve got games-mad kids, you’ll know all too well that they’d happily spend every waking minute of the summer holidays on their console – but even if they’re spending just an hour-or-so extra every day on their favourite video games, that could be enough to put a few extra pounds on your energy bill at the end of the month.

So get out and about – arrange days at the beach, walks in the park, trips to the swimming baths, or anything that will least encourage them to put down the headset and see the world outside.

2. Unplug those appliances

Once you’ve managed to drag the kids away from the games console, you then need to make sure all appliances get switched off at the wall before you leave the house. Any appliances left needlessly on standby are an unnecessary drain on electricity, so make sure everything is switched off, including anything on a charge, especially if you’re going to be leaving the house for the rest of the day.

3. Fire up the barbecue

The kids being off school means more meals to prepare – so why not give the oven a well-deserved break and fire-up the barbecue for your evening meals. This will not only save energy, but also make meal times more communal, and you may find the kids are more prepared to chip in with the food preparation.

It’s also worth considering packing a picnic at lunchtimes, to both save on energy and encourage everyone to get out of the house.

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