The #PowerToSwitch with

Do you have children who constantly leave lights on around the house?

Or – like myself – do you have two preschool girls obsessed with clicking the lamps on and off in the lounge and bedroom probably just to annoy me as part of some game you don’t understand?  Do you traverse your house finding random footstools and chairs strategically placed in order that a small person can reach up to switch a light on – and leave it on?

“Hmmm…how many times can I flick this on and off before Mummy flips?”
If so, then you may be be more concerned than usual about keeping family energy costs down.
Having a family means consuming far more electricity and gas than usual.  For example, just today I found myself thinking “I wish I had two washing machines” as I took yet another trip to the cellar to continue the weekend-ly rotation of continuous laundry.   One load out and into the dryer, another in.  Cooking nutritious, non-processed food also means using your hob and oven a lot.  We have a gas hob and electric oven – and I seem to remember my husband happening upon the gas metre in our cellar one day when I was cooking the Sunday roast and yelling dramatically at me asking me why it seemed to be ticking over at an alarming rate.
I’m working with BritMums for their #PowerToSwitch campaign sponsored by the Department for Energy and Climate Change.  Everyone can be an energy shopper – it’s much easier these days by getting online and visiting sites such as

The campaign is about helping people to save money on their bills by switching their tariff or energy supplier. There are also Government schemes to you reduce your bills or make your home more energy efficient, such as the Green Deal and the Energy Company Obligation(ECO) – and with another release of funding for the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund coming soon, even more people are set to enjoy a warmer, cheaper, greener home for years to come.

Millions of households are missing out on the best deals, despite the fact that there has never been a better time to switch, with 27 energy suppliers now competing for customers.  The  market has been reformed make it simpler, clearer and quicker to switch supplier and many households could save around £200 or more.

Tips on switching

There are 3 steps to switching supplier:

1. Before you start shopping around, gather key information about your current gas and electricity tariffs from recent bills – your tariff name, end date, method of payment and annual consumption.

2. Start comparing tariffs – price comparison sites are a great way to accurately compare current prices, along with any comparable tariffs – try visitng 

3. Switch either by switching through a price comparison website or contacting the energy company you would like to switch to.

Tips for reducing energy consumption

Some energy saving tips include:

– Always use the dishwasher on eco settings saving

– Line dry whenever possible rather than tumble dry

– Turn off radiators in unused rooms

– Only fill the kettle with as much water as you need

– Switch off lights and electrical appliances when not in use (and if you find a way of getting your children to do the same, do let me know!..)

After switching, what else can we do?

You can also use an appliance’s energy rating to choose a more energy efficient product and save money. Since bringing in legislation all household appliances now meet a minimum energy efficiency standard, which has helped to keep more money in our pockets.

We’ve recently switched our energy supplier and are just beginning to see the benefits.

Check out this TV advert which highlights the savings you could make, and get switching!

Disclosure:  I’m working with BritMums and DECC alongside the #PowertoSwitch campaign. I have been compensated for my time. All editorial and opinions are my own. Visit for more details, or for more information about switching energy suppliers visit the BritMums #powertoswitch pages.


Working Mum of two, living in Didsbury, Manchester, in a house which breeds washing, mushed up raisins and various toys in the brightest primary colours. Oh, and the odd empty wine glass.

One thought to “The #PowerToSwitch with”

  1. Excellent advise and yes I do have two little people that always forget to turn lights off too. Commenting for myself and BritMums, thanks for taking part.

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