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A good way to save money and cut your energy bills is to take steps to make your home more energy efficient. Here are some energy saving tips to help you save energy.

Please note that these figures are sourced from the Energy Saving Trust.

Insulate your home

A third of the cost of heating your home is lost through the walls, so insulating them is the best way to save energy in the home. Installing cavity wall insulation can save you up to £160 per year on your heating bills. Check your loft insulation, as the Energy Saving Trust recommends having 27 centimetres of insulation installed in your loft to get the maximum benefits. 

Find out how to make your home more energy efficient through insulation on the Energy Saving Trust's website.

Choose your lighting carefully

Replacing just one old light bulb with an energy saving one or LED lighting can cut lighting costs by up to £35 a year. Turning off your lights when they are not in use can save more, upto £13 a year on your energy bills.

Replace your old boiler

About 60% of what you spend on your energy bills in a year is through your boiler, so upgrading to an A-rated high-efficiency condensing boiler could make a noticeable difference.

For more information on boiler replacement, read about it on the Energy Saving Trust's website.

Turn down your thermostat

Turning it down by 1 degree could cut your heating bills by up to 10 per cent and save you around £85 a year. You can also cut your heating bills by installing certain heating controls. If you don't already have a room thermostat, installing one could save up to £70 a year. 

Don’t leave appliances on standby

UK households spend an average of £30 leaving appliances on standby, so make sure to switch yours off at the plug. 

Draught proof your home

According to the Energy Saving Trust, draught proofing windows and doors in your home could save a between £25-£50 per year.

Use an electricity monitor

Electricity monitors show you in real time how much electricity you are using, which can help you make decisions about your energy use and become more efficient. At the moment you can get an electricity monitor from around £25 online and they are easy to install yourself.

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