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How to make your home more energy efficient

How to make your home more energy efficient

We all know there are  things we should do around the home to help save energy such as turning the TV off standby but big energy saving modifications can cost time and money. Thankfully there are plenty of lifestyle changes you can make that can save you hundreds of pounds each year in energy bills.

Take a look at our top five energy saving tips to help make your home more energy efficient.

1. Watch the thermostat
Did you know turning your thermostat down by only 1°C can save you up to £60 a year? By keeping your central heating at a constant lower setting, rather than switching it up for big blasts of heat, will help your home stay warmer for less. Try a programmable thermostat so regulating the temperature of your home becomes even easier and cheaper.

2. Keep it cool at 30°C
90% of a washing machine’s energy goes into heating the water. Try washing your clothes on a colder setting, between 30-40°C.  Your clothes will still be cleaned and you’ll be paying a third of the cost.

3. Switch up and save money
Make the switch to energy saving light bulbs. They might be initially more expensive than regular bulbs, but they will save you money in the long run. A typical light bulb is usually 60 or 100 watts, which refers to how much power they use up in an hour. Low energy bulbs only use 9 or 11 watts. Using as little as five of these bulbs could save you as much as £32 a year.

4. Keep the draft out
By making sure your windows are properly insulated, you’re making use of natural heat sources and cutting down that energy bill. A draft stopper along the bottom of external doors will keep the cold air where it belongs.

5. Get insulated
If you’re serious about saving money and keeping the heat in, investing in good wall and loft insulation could save you up to £300 a year. It’s an investment, but you’ll soon be reaping the benefit.

These simple changes will have a minute effect on your lifestyle but will make a big difference to your wallet. Think of the new coffee table or cushion set you've wanted for ages and with all the money you've saved they'll be in your home in no time.

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