Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

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Energy efficiency has been a hot topic of late and is one which everyone can contribute towards. The current economic situation also means many people are looking for ways to cut their monthly outgoings in whatever way possible. Simply being more energy efficient can help the environment as well as your bank balance, cutting as much as 340 off your annual energy bills, as well as reducing your household's carbon dioxide emissions by around 1.5 tonnes.

Saving energy around the home doesn't mean you have to embark on time consuming and costly projects in order to do so, and there are so many easy things you can do to cut costs and emissions around the home. However, although simple, these can be easily forgotten when engrossed in the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Believe it or not, switching off the lights when you leave a room and switching appliances off properly instead of using standby are really effective ways to minimise energy used, so why not get back into the swing of doing this and you'll wonder why you didn't just do it all along.

Whilst you're going about your domestic duties remember to fill up washing machines, tumble dryers and dishwashers as one full load uses less energy than two half loads. A little forward thinking can save you money in the long run and protect the environment too.

Dripping taps are common energy wasting culprits so get your toolkit out and fix any offenders as just one leaking tap can waste enough water in a week to fill up to half a bath.

When it comes to lighting your home, think about using energy saving light bulbs. Each bulb lasts up to 10 times longer than their ordinary counterparts and using just one can save you between 45 and 70 over the lifetime of the bulb.

Having a look at your thermostat is another straightforward way to step foot on the path to a more environmentally friendly way of living. Turning your thermostat down by just 1°C could cut your heating bills by up to 10%, which equates to a saving of around 60 per year. Chances are you won't even notice the 1°C of difference so locate your thermostat and get adjusting!

Once you've gone to the time and expense of heating your home in the first place make sure you close any window or conservatory blinds, as this is an effective way to stop heat escaping and makes sure you stay warm during the winter months.

As well as changing your daily household habits you could also install energy efficient products and appliances around your home. These help you to save money and protect the environment in the long run as they are less expensive to maintain and run.
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