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Top 10 tips for saving energy in your home

Being energy efficient can make a big difference to the cost of your energy bill. Why not start saving money now?

 ResizedImage115107 iStock 000026344735Small Keep the heat in. Draught proof doors and windows. Try using secondary glazing film as a cheap alternative to double glazing. Close doors and curtains to keep heat in. Use radiator foil behind your radiators.
 ResizedImage11586 iStock 000000671503Small Turn it off! Switch off or unplug any chargers or appliances you are not using. If they have a stand-by light, a display or are hot to the touch, they’ll be using energy just by being plugged in.
 ResizedImage115137 iStock 000019578585Small Take control of your boiler. Set your heating to come on 15-30 minutes before you need it to, and off, 30 minutes before you go to bed. Turning your boiler down won’t always save money. If you have a room thermostat then it’s best to turn your boiler to its maximum setting, if you don’t it’s best to set your boiler as low as you’re comfortable with.
 ResizedImage114127 istock kettle Careful in the kitchen and bathroom. For example by setting your washing machine to wash at 30°C, using a bowl to wash up rather than leaving the hot tap running. Don’t fill your kettle right up every time – just boil the amount of water you need. Invest in a water efficient shower head.
 ResizedImage11091 istock lightbulbs  Lighten your load. Have you changed all your light bulbs for low-energy ones?
 ResizedImage11576 iStock 000020064468Small Insulating your home can save you money. Loft insulation can save up to £180 a year off your energy bills and cavity wall insulation can save up to £140 a year.
 ResizedImage115115 iStock 000014742286Small If you have storage heaters, make sure you’re using them efficiently. Keep the input constant at the amount you need, but turn the output down to a minimum when you don’t need the heating on or turn it off at the wall.
 ResizedImage115115 iStock 000017553994Small Check the energy label to make sure you’re buying an efficient product. Buying an energy efficient fridge and freezer could make as much as £71 difference to your energy bill compared to an inefficient model. Size is an important factor so decide how big your appliance needs to be and then compare the efficiency.
 ResizedImage115129 istock radiators Using central heating is often cheaper than heating one room with a gas fire. You can test this yourself by comparing your meter readings using the two methods.
 ResizedImage93137 dreamstime xs 32952751 Home makeover. There are plenty of other things that can be done to improve the energy performance of your home. For example installing double glazed windows, putting in a new heating system and floor insulation. It is also worth exploring renewable technologies