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Top Energy Saving Tips

Here are Ten Top Tips for Saving Energy in your home. Every one of the things you do will not only be good for the environment, it will also save you money.

  1. Use Energy Saving Light Bulbs. This is the easiest way to start saving energy; even one bulb will make a difference. The designs are become less industrial and many, look like ‘normal’ light bulbs.
  2. Fit An Energy Efficient Boiler. According to boiler manufacturer Worcester Bosch, boilers are responsible for around 60% of domestic CO2 emissions, so fitting an energy efficient condensing boiler is a great way to reduce your impact on the environment, as well as saving money. Choose one which is A rated for efficiency.
  3. Insulate Your Loft. Not glamorous, but important. The Energy Saving Trust (EST) say that if you currently have no loft insulation and you install the recommended 270mm depth you could save between £180 - £220 a year on your heating bills and nearly 1.5 tonnes of CO2 per year. If your insulation is not to the recommended depth adding an extra layer can still make a difference.
  4. Get Cavity Wall Insulation. According the EST the average house could reduce heating costs by over a third by having their cavity walls filled. You could save 1 tonne of CO2 per year and the cavity wall insulation could pay for itself in only two years.
  5. Check For Draughts. Draughts can sneak into your house around doors, windows and through your letterbox. Most can be easily remedied by using adhesive sealant strips and fitting brushes to doors or letterboxes. Draught Proofing Advisory Association. And you can still get really cute draught excluders for the bottoms of doors.
  6. Fit Solar Panels. More of a commitment it’s true, but solar panels work even on overcast days and can provide up to half your water heating requirements for the year. Grants are also available to fit them.
  7. Choose Energy Efficient Appliances. Next time you need to buy a new appliance, choose the one with the highest energy rating. A is best.
  8. Turn To 30 When You Wash. Try washing your clothes at 30 degrees. For most washing your clothes will be just as clean as at 40 degrees. Only use a higher temperature for really mucky stuff.
  9. Switch Off Unused Lights and Appliances. Even the Queen switches off lights when they are not needed. If it’s good enough for her it’s good enough for you.
  10. Switch To A Renewable Energy Supplier. Choose an electricity supplier who uses renewable sources such as biomass or wind power. Ecotricity was the first company to provide green electricity in the UK, or find a supplier in your area at USwitch.

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