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Energy saving tips

  1. energySaving.pngLighting accounts for 8% of a typical household's energy bills and cutting your lighting bill is one of the easiest ways to save energy and money in the home. According to the Energy Saving Trust, if you replace a traditional light bulb with a compact fluorescent bulb of the same brightness you will typically save around £3 per year, or £55 over the life of the bulb. If you replace a 50W halogen downlighter with a 6W LED you will typically save around £4 per year, or £70 by the time you have to replace the bulb.
  2. Consider fitting Thermostatic Radiator Valves to all your radiators - they can help to make your home heating system more efficient. If you have electric storage heating and immersion water heaters rather than a boiler, efficient thermostats and controls can still reduce the energy you use and save money.
  3. The better insulated your home is, the less money you'll spend heating it. Investigate the different types of insulation appropriate to your property and your budget, including draught-proofing, double glazing, and insulation for lofts, walls and floors.
  4. Consider investing in an energy meter, such as Wattson, Efergy, Eco-eye or the Owl (all compared here www.electricity-monitor.com/energy-monitor-comparison-chart-i-26.html). This will help your family to see a real difference by turning off unwanted electrical appliances.
  5. Find out if there are any grants available in your area for improving your home energy efficiency. Call the Energy Saving Trust hotline on 0800 512 012 or see www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/proxy/view/full/165/homeenergycheck