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OVO’s top lifestyle posts

By OVO Energy Thursday 20 April 2017

OVO's top lifestyle blog posts | OVO Energy

Our blog has been going strong for a few years now, so we’ve decided to take a look back at some of our best posts that you might have missed the first time around.

Our home and lifestyle posts aim to give you some helpful everyday tips to make life that bit easier, as well as potentially saving you a few pennies. We wouldn’t want you to miss out on our useful guides and money-saving tips on how to get the best out of your energy at home!

That’s why we’ve compiled a list of our top five lifestyle posts from the OVO blog… Enjoy!

  1. How to: dry your clothes in a flash (without a tumble dryer)

This is a question posed by students, green-conscious homeowners and busy professionals who don’t own a tumble dryer – what’s the quickest possible way to dry your clothes without a tumble dryer?

We’re all guilty of letting our laundry routine slip from time to time and we’re no strangers to panicking when we need our lucky pair of socks for the next day. Well, fear not!  You don’t have to cross your fingers for that rare sunny day in Britain OR use the energy-guzzling tumble dryer. Our how-to guide gives you a few handy tricks on drying clothes inside - ironing wet clothes will be a thing of the past when you’ve read this post!

  1. How long does it take to switch energy supplier?

There could be plenty of reasons why you might want to change energy suppliers. You might be moving into a new house, or you’ve found a better price, or you want to switch to a supplier that’s more eco-friendly.

People often worry about the hassle of switching energy suppliers and that’s often enough to put them off from taking the big money-saving step. In this post, we clear up some of the common myths about switching energy suppliers, such as how long it will take and whether you’ll end up paying for two suppliers during the process.

  1. Make your own sausage dog draught excluder

If you’re feeling crafty and want a Pinterest-worthy project, we’ve created this fun guide on how to make your own fabric draught excluder in the shape of a sausage dog.

Not only is it fun to make and adorable, it also helps you to winter-proof your home and save money on your energy bills in the process. We’re not only catering to the dog-lovers too. Fans of reptiles (or those with just the basic sewing skills) can try their hand at making our snake draught excluder instead!

  1. What’s the average gas bill and average electricity bill in the UK?

In 2014, we looked at the average gas and electric bills in the UK to give people a better idea of whether they were paying above the odds on their bills. To do this, we worked out how much people were paying for their energy bills in a small house/flat, a medium house, or a large house based on typical domestic consumption and 2014 prices.

The results are very interesting for any home-owner or renter and, in the post, we also offer some very helpful tips on how you could save money on your energy bills.

  1. How much electricity does a home use?

Ever wondered which electrical items contribute the most to your household bills? If so, we have the much-anticipated answer to questions like: how much energy does a washing machine use? Or how much electricity does a computer use? Plus, many more household appliances are included in our study. Interesting, right?

So, next time you buy a lightbulb or decide to put your laundry in the tumble dryer, you can refer back to this article to remind you about how much energy you could be saving.

Pick up some handy tips by taking a look at our top five home and lifestyle posts that help you to save money on your household bills in achievable ways. Think about switching energy suppliers, finding alternative ways of drying your clothes rather than using a tumble dryer, and insulate your home by making a cute fabric draught excluder. You won’t regret it!

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