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In just 10 weeks’ time, the energy price cap will rise a further 65 percent from the current £1,971 to a staggering £3,245. Now is the time to implement savings before the double whammy of the price cap rise and start of colder months bring more misery, say the experts at Cornwall Insight.

Millions of people in the UK are struggling to make ends meet because the cost of food, fuel and bills has soared.

While there is no magic wand, there is one little known hack that could help people save up to £40 a month on their energy bills.

A charity called Homeless in Teignbridge Support (HITS) has been looking into the cost savings of using a slow cooker rather than an electric oven and the results are shocking.

They say a 160W slow cooker can be used for 15 hours and 42 minutes for the same energy usage as one hour with a standard electric oven, Teignmouth today reports.

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Meanwhile, GoCompare Energy asked people what they are doing to save energy and using a slow cooker came in at number 10:

  • Turning off lights when they leave the room – 64 percent
  • Turning off appliances when they’re not being used or in standby mode – 54 percent
  • Not filling the kettle to the top – 45 percent
  • Washing clothes on a lower heat setting – 39 percent
  • Taking shorter showers – 36 percent
  • Changing light bulbs to LED bulbs – 28 percent
  • No longer using the tumble dryer – 24 percent
  • Making the house more energy efficient – 19 percent
  • Going to bed earlier – 18 percent
  • Using the slow cooker instead of the oven – 17 percent.

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Food clubs like the one in Devonport are growing in popularity as the cost of living crisis forces people to look for cheaper options.

Elaine Wishart told The Bristol resident continued: “I’ve joined a food club – it’s not a food bank.

“It’s open to anyone and you pay £3.50 a week and it’s what supermarkets are about to throw away.

“They bring it to a food club and you can pick what you want from different stations.

“I reckon each week I get about £20 to £25 worth of stuff for £3.50 and you never know what you are getting.”