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Homeowners advised to target energy efficiency

With energy prices now much higher than they were in the not-too-distant past, many of you living in homes in the UK may have found you are paying more to fuel providers than ever before.

Rather than endlessly switching between suppliers in a bid to save a few pennies here and there, it could be worth instigating a range of technologies and solutions that will have a longer-lasting effect. The name of the game for many is now efficiency, as using less is perhaps the only way to guarantee you will also be paying less.

Jessica Forster, energy doctor at the Energy Saving Trust, has had her say on the matter, noting any reduction in costs is “obviously well-received” by hard-up homeowners. She suggested it is not a particularly good move to hold off investment in green equipment and practices. After all, there is no guarantee of any future price reductions. “Making your home less leaky protects against future price rises and makes your home simply a more comfortable place to be. There are subsidised loft and cavity wall insulation offers across the UK,” Ms Forster stated.

Taking up the option of a scheme for subsidised insulation is one of the best ways to reduce your energy consumption and, as a result, bills. But the expert’s advice does not end there, as she went on to say: “Other steps like lagging your pipes and water tank are cheap and pay back in savings in less than a year.” As well as the economic benefits of going green, you will also enjoy the satisfaction of doing your bit for the environment.

Gordon Miller, co-founder and sustainability and communications director at Sustain Worldwide, recently said eco-friendly improvements are vital to the UK over the years to come. He noted the Green Deal and the creation of the Green Investment Bank will be key steps in the country’s environmental progression.

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