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There are many ways to make your home more energy efficient and save yourself money. We've gathered together a collection of advice for you so you can start saving right away.
Saving energy on your heating
Avoid over heating your house at night. A thicker duvet will keep you warm and cut down on heating bills.
Bleed radiators once or twice during the winter to remove trapped air. This allows them to work more efficiently.
Don't leave your heating on all day if you're not there. It's a myth that it's cheaper to do this than having it on just when you need it.
Draw your curtains when it gets dark to stop heat escaping and draughts coming in.
Seal draughts between floorboards, skirting boards and behind bath panels. This will help keep heat in.
Loft insulation and cavity wall insulation to help prevent heat loss and reduce your heating bills.
Saving energy in the kitchen
If you're looking for a new one then consider a halogen or induction hob. They are more efficient, controllable and easy to clean.
Cut food into smaller pieces so it cooks quicker.
Descale your kettle regularly and it will use less energy.
Using a microwave is a quick and energy efficient way to heat things up.
Put lids on saucepans when cooking as it reduces cooking time.
Saving energy with your appliances
Try to dry your clothes on a washing line instead of using a tumble dryer. If you do use a tumble dryer then make sure you either wring clothes by hand or spin them in your washing machine first to shorten the drying time.
Descale your washing machine to help keep it running more efficiently.
Replace inefficient kitchen appliances with 'A' rated models.
Read our energy efficient appliances buying guide for more details.
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