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April 20, 2012 11:38 ET

Five Energy Saving Tips from First Utility

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - April 20, 2012) - Britain's cheapest gas and electricity supplier* First Utility (http://www.first-utility.com/) has provided five quick tips to help households significantly reduce their energy usage, save money and make a positive impact on climate change.

First Utility's five energy saving tips in full:

1. Don't leave TVs, DVD players, stereos or computers on standby

To cut down on energy, avoid leaving appliances on standby and remember not to leave mobile phones, MP3 players and laptops on charge unnecessarily.

2. Only use the energy you need

Only fill the kettle with the amount of water you need, but remember to cover the element if you're using an electric kettle. For washing machines, tumble driers and dishwashers always aim for a full load if you can't use a half-load or economy programme.

3. Use energy efficient light bulbs

Energy efficient light bulbs last 12 times longer than standard bulbs. Trade your ordinary light bulbs for energy saving ones and for each bulb you fit you can save up to £9 on your annual electricity bill.

4. Tame your heating and save 10%

The most important thing is to keep warm in winter, but turning your thermostat down by 1°C could cut your heating bills by up to 10%. And if you're going away for winter, leave the thermostat on a low setting to provide protection from freezing at minimum cost. By making a small adjustment to your heating you could save around £30 a year.

5. Don't let your heating escape

Double-glazing cuts heat loss through windows by 50% and could reduce your heating bill by up to £40 a year. Just closing your curtains at dusk will stop heat escaping through windows.

First Utility recently struck a partnership with US smart grid company Opower to offer services such as text messages or emails providing UK customers with personalised tips on energy saving. The service was touched on and welcomed by Nick Clegg in his recent speech on the green economy and could go live as early as June 2012.

Read more about energy saving tips from First Utility at: http://www.first-utility.com/business-energy/energy-saving-tips.

About First Utility

First Utility is the smarter independent utilities supplier, offering gas and electricity services to a range of consumer and business customers. It is the only energy provider to roll out smart meters to all its customers, throughout the UK. It is through the use of smart metering technology that First Utility can empower consumers to manage and reduce their own energy consumption and bills. First Utility is headquartered in Warwick.

*First Utility's iSave is the UK's cheapest deal based on an average of all regions and average use of energy (3,300 kWh for Electricity and 16,500 kWh for gas. Learn more about First Utility at http://www.which.co.uk/switch/energy-suppliers/first-utility.

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