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While large-scale projects, such as installing a ground source heat pump or getting solar PV panels at Evo Energy will certainly make a big difference to your energy bills, there are a variety of less drastic measures that anyone can take to improve their home’s efficiency – often without spending any money.
First of all, every energy-saving light bulb you fit in your house can save you an average of £2.50 a year. Pair this with switching lights, mobile phone chargers, TVs and other electrical items off when they’re not in use, and you’re already well on the way to reducing your home’s carbon footprint.
When it gets chilly in the evening, the usual response is to turn the heating up – but there are quite a few things we can do first to make sure as much heat as possible is being kept in the house in the first place. Closing the curtains traps in a good bit of warmth, and if you detect any draughts coming from the doors and windows, use strips or excluders to block them out. This can save around £25 per year on heating.
The bathroom is another area where there’s money to be saved. Shower Smart devices can be found for free, and regulate the flow rate of your shower to cut down water and gas bills at the same time. A water-saving device, which are often provided free of charge from water companies, can also be added to your toilet cistern to reduce wastage even further.
If you’re lucky enough to have a vegetable patch in your garden, you’re already saving money and resources by growing some of your own food, so why not take the next step by making your own compost? Some local authorities will provide you with a compost bin free of charge, and they also work as handy waste dispensers than cut down on the amount of rubbish you send to landfill. It’s estimated that as much as 30 per cent of the UK’s household waste could be composted.
These are just a few of the ways you can improve your home’s energy efficiency at little or no cost to you – if you really want to keep track of your progress, invest in an electricity monitor, which provides real-time information on your energy usage.