Website slower using Cloudflare


I am new to website building and new to cloudflare. I have heard a few good things about cloudflare, however, i do believe i must be doing something wrong!

Since installing cloudflare and hummingbird on to my website, my website performance has decreased??
It makes no sense… Surely the point of these plugins is not only security, but performance on the website itself also?

I am on the free mode which i know would make a difference towards paying, but surely it would not ‘decrease’ the performance of the website??

According to gtmetrix i get a rating E without Cloudflare, but with Cloudflare, i get a rating F. I can even a notice in website speed being reduced…

Can anyone give me some pointers here?

Many thanks,

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