Simple household device could save families ‘a fortune’ on energy bills – cut bill in half

British Prime Minister Liz Truss has announced a limit of £2,500 on the price cap, but some British households will still struggle to pay their bills this winter. Some Britons have taken to social media to share their top tips on how others can save money.

A plumber has shared his best advice on how households can reduce their energy bills this winter.

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TikTok user @djmatrix101, a plumbing and heating engineer, took to the social media platform to recommend that families invest in a simple £15 device from B&Q.

The plumber advised Britons to install this device in their homes to save money on their heating bills.

Speaking to his thousands of followers, the engineer recommended using a thermostatic radiator valve.

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A plumber has shared a simple, cheap tip to help families reduce their energy bills (Image: GETTY )

He said: “This device will save you money, if you know how to use it properly.

“Effectively a lot of people, when the switch the central heating on, they heat the entire house – so that’s every room in the house that has a radiator they are heating using their boiler.

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“The vast majority of people don’t spend all day in bed, or in the bedroom.

“They get up, they go downstairs, they spend the day downstairs then they go upstairs, but the heating’s on all day.

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The plumber recommended buying a thermostatic radiator valve from B&Q (Image: GETTY )

“My advice is to go around every single room and [after installing thermostatic radiator valves] to switch them off if you’re not using the radiator.

“If you can turn of 50 percent of your volume of radiators, you will save 50 percent on your gas bill – it is that straight forward. If you’re not using your bedroom radiator, turn it off.”

The plumber went on to explain a common problem with the valves, which means they will still allow gas to pass through.

He continued: “[They have a] metal ring at the bottom. Turn the radiator valve to fully open then hand tighten the metal rings down.

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“They come loose and if you don’t tighten them down when you switch the valve off the gas will still pass.

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“They come loose and if you don’t tighten them down when you switch the valve off the gas will still pass.

“Switch it on about an hour before you want to use the room. A bit of forward planning, a bit of thinking about it, and you will save yourself a fortune in gas.”

The plumber added that “a lot of people make this mistake [but] these things are regulation to be fitted on any new central heating system”.

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“And we have to advise when we’re changing boilers now that these be fitted, if they’re not there,” he said.

“If you don’t have them, they’re a good investment. Get them fitted.”

A typical household’s gas and electricity bill had been due to rise from £1,971 to £3,549 in October.

However, the Prime Minister has said she will cap the energy bill at around £2,500 in England, Scotland, and Wales, with businesses to be offered some relief.

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