According to a recent survey, homeowners are more concerned about meeting the cost of their energy bills than paying their mortgage or rent.
The research, conducted on behalf of Kingfisher, which trades as B&Q in the UK, found that almost a third (31%) of respondents aimed to introduce measures to improve their energy efficiency and reduce their energy bills.
If you, too, are worried about your energy bills, now is the perfect time to take a look around your home and find ways to make it more economical. Need some inspiration? Here are our top five ways to improve your energy efficiency.
1. Install Cavity Wall Insulation
A third of the cost of heating your home is lost through uninsulated walls, so insulating them is the best way to save on your energy bills. If you live in a three-bedroom semidetached home, cavity wall insulation could save you over £100 per year on your heating expenses.
2. Replace Inefficient Light Bulbs
Swapping just one of your old light bulbs with an energy saving equivalent could cut your lighting costs by £3 a year - and by replacing all your inefficient bulbs, you could save over £50 a year.
3. Switch Your Appliances Off At The Plug
If you leave your appliances on standby, you may be wasting £35 in electricity each year. To improve your energy efficiency, switch your appliances off at the plug.
4. Fix Leaking Taps
A dripping hot water tap can waste a staggering 5,500 litres of water over the course of a year, so change the washer promptly when your tap starts to drip.
5. Make The Most Of Your Thermostat
Turning down the thermostat by just one degree could cut your heating bills by as much as 10%, saving you around £80 a year.
Adopting a few simple changes can significantly effect on your energy usage, but you will only reap the rewards of your efforts if you are paying a fair price for your energy.
To ensure you are not paying over the odds, research different providers' tariffs with the help of the team here at Love Energy Savings and our state of the art comparison engine. We will review your energy usage, calculate the savings you could make and even get you switched over to a fairer energy supplier or deal completely free of charge!
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