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Saving energy doesn't have to mean shelling out on a new boiler. A few quick wins make a big difference, whether you're a homeowner, renting your home or living with your parents.

We often take the energy we use in our homes for granted without realising there are plenty of ways to reduce our costs. 

If you really want to keep those utility bills down this winter, there are some simple and inexpensive ways to improve your energy efficiency. Cutting the amount of power we use isn’t just good for our bank balances, however, it’s great for the environment as well. 

As gas prices rise through the roof, learning how to save energy at home has never been more important. Because acts as simple as leaving your phone on standby, or overfilling the kettle, could be costing you hundreds of pounds a year.

When you pay your hard-earned cash for something, you want to make sure you get your money’s worth. With our energy saving tips, you can become more energy efficient and get more out of the gas and electricity you pay for. They’ll help you lower your home’s carbon footprint and save money on your monthly bills.

Home is as simple as making a cup of tea. But before you flip on that kettle, remember only filling it with the water you need could save you around £6 a year on your electricity bill.

Making life easier for your fridge can save some energy, too. Dust behind it once in a while to keep its coils clean and working efficiently. And as strange as it seems, keeping it full actually makes it work less hard, as the chilled food items help to keep the temperature down.

What is energy efficiency and why is increasing it important?

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With phrases like net zero, carbon neutral and green goals becoming commonplace, you’d be forgiven for being baffled as to what they all mean. Put simply, to begin reversing the effects of climate change, we need to start making everyday changes that – collectively – will make a real difference for the planet.

One way of doing this is by being energy efficient. The more energy you save, the fewer carbon emissions there are to contribute to climate change. There are a lot of ways to conserve energy around the house. And with our homes accounting for 40% of our emissions in the UK, it’s a great place to start. And when you save electricity, you save on your energy bills too. It’s an absolute win all-round!

Here are 6 common ways to conserve energy in your home:

  • Switch Off and Save

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How often do we leave appliances plugged in when we go off to bed? Turning things off can save you a fair amount of money both in the short and long term. That means not leaving a light on in a room when it’s not being used, turning off radiators in bedrooms where no one is staying and not leaving devices on standby overnight. 

  • Turn the Thermostat Down 1 Degree

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Most people involved in energy efficiency have one consistent mantra and it’s this: Turning the thermostat down, even by just a degree or two, can save energy and therefore money.

  • Seal Draughty Areas

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Draughts can cause a good deal of heat loss and give the perception of cold, especially in older homes. If you want to improve this, the easiest way is to walk around the house and check areas like windows and doors.

  • Change to LED Bulbs

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We should all be starting to change to LED bulbs by now. Not only are they super-efficient but the cost of the bulbs has come down over the last few years. 

  • Install a Smart Meter

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Smart meters not only allow you to control your energy use it gives you a clearer idea where you can make changes and lower your bills. Tracking energy usage is really beneficial, particularly over the wintertime. Look at different times to put your heating on or perhaps turning off radiators in rooms that are not in use. The savings will soon mount up.

  • Boost Your Insulation

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Finally, one area we can overlook is the insulation in the loft. This can often degrade over time or get flattened when someone heads up to get something or do some work.

If you’re planning to install new kitchen or bath with energy saving, Get in touch with us now! Property Contractors 247 offers affordable home refurbishments. Visit our website and get a free quote.

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