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The Energy Saving Trust suggests ten easy ways that your family can save money and be kind to the environment

1. HOME ENERGY CHECK

Visit http://hec.est.org.uk/ to see how you can achieve lower energy bills and a more comfortable home and the best way to achieve it. For further advice, call the Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300 123 1234.

2. SWITCH LIGHT BULBS

The easiest change to make, by replacing all the remaining old-fashioned incandescent and halogen bulbs with energy saving light bulbs you could save around £35 a year. Low-energy bulbs now come in all shapes for most style of lamp fixtures and fittings.

3. ELIMINATE DRAUGHTS

The next big thing to tackle is eliminating draughty gaps in floorboards and skirting boards. Fill gaps using beading and sealant from your local DIY store. The usual suspect areas for draughts are letterboxes and keyholes on the front door which may need to be covered.

4. SWITCH OFF STANDBY

If every household in the UK switched off appliances not in use and avoided standby it could collectively save around £780 million every year, and enough carbon dioxide to fill Wembley Stadium 355 times. Remote controls and units are available that allow you to switch multiple devices off standby with one button.

5. HOT WATER TANK JACKET

Insulate your hot water tank for just a few pounds. Fit a jacket on an uninsulated tank at least 80mm thick and you could save around £110 to £135 a year.

6. TOP UP LOFT INSULATION

De-junking the loft and topping-up the loft insulation before winter is a great idea. Loft insulation is one of the simplest ways of saving energy and reducing your heating bills. You can even do it yourself and in some cases there are grants available to help cover the cost. Without it you could be paying an unnecessary £140 extra on your annual fuel bill.

7. CHOOSE APPLIANCES WISELY

Just by choosing an A+ rated 40” TV over the market average of the same size could save you more than £120 over the lifetime of the product.

8. KEEP IN THE HEAT

Cavity wall insulation is a fantastic way to significantly reduce the amount of energy you need to heat your home. Around 33 per cent of the heat lost in an uninsulated house is through the walls. A home with unfilled cavities could save £155 on energy bills each year just by insulating them.

9. CHANGE THE BOILER

By law, new gas, oil and LPG boilers in Great Britain must now be of the high efficiency condensing type, which can help you save up to 30 per cent on your heating bills and even more if you upgrade to modern controls as well. Replacing an old G rated boiler with a new A rated condensing boiler could save around £215 a year on gas bills.

10. INSTALL HEATING CONTROLS

Fitting the correct heating controls allows you to choose when the heating is on, how warm it is and where you want the warmth. Ensure you fully understand your home heating functions to use your energy effectively.

For more advice on how to save on your home heating bills, visit the Energy Saving Trust website for more tips. http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/domestic/improving-my-home/heating-and-hot-water

Get Energy Wise

  • Get a Home Energy Check
  • Use energy-saving light bulbs
  • Eliminate draughts
  • Avoid using standby power
  • Jazz up your tank with a jacket
  • Insulate loft and wall cavities
  • Fit a condensing boiler

* All household heating and insulation savings are based on a 3 bed semi-detached gas-heated house, with an 82% efficient gas boiler and average gas tariff of 4.18p/kWh and electricity tariff of 13.86p/kWh.

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