The Money Saving Advice Guide’s latest instalment offers tips on how to reduce your household electricity bill. Keep up to date with our latest advice on how to save money, without spending a single penny!

First thing’s first, check your current tariff against other providers using a comparison website. With electricity providers vying for the public’s custom, chances are you could very well get a better deal by going with a new provider and start racking up those all-important savings! Secondly, and this seems obvious, use less! Leaving electrical appliances on standby, leaving lights on in rooms that aren’t being used, boiling a full kettle when making a single cup of coffee are all habits that most of us are guilty of at one time or another. The simplest cost-free way of making immediate savings on your electricity bill is to monitor and reduce your consumption.

Thirdly, when you’re stopping by your favourite coffee shop, after a long day’s work, make sure to get the most bang for your buck by using the free power that most coffee shop’s offer their customers. Be smart, be prepared and carry your laptop, mobile phone and tablet chargers with you and, while you relax and begin to unwind for the day, treat your portable electronic devices to a cost-free recharge too! If you’re a student, you can always use the library for this, without even having to buy a coffee. Fourthly, always submit meter readings to your electricity provider, so that you can make sure to only pay for what you use. In fact, consider installing a smart meter which will save you hassle and money in equal measure. Lastly, you could also consider paying a fixed monthly fee for your electricity use, by direct debit. When you know how much is going out and when, this can help to budget other expenditure even better.