We're always looking for ways to be more energy efficient and also save money on our energy bills and there are many different ways of doing this that don't always involve spending a lot of money. Just making a few simple changes can result in some big savings on your monthly bills and you'll also be doing your bit to help the environment which is always a good thing.
- Install under floor heating, wall radiators can be ugly and under floor heating is much more energy efficient, it's particularly suited to bathrooms but also works really well in kitchens.
- Buy furniture that is made from recycled materials or upcycle your old furniture, this will give you unique pieces and also save you some money at the same time. I love the idea of taking an ugly, unwanted piece of furniture and making it in to a beautiful contemporary piece, sometimes all it takes is giving it a lick of paint and maybe new handles.
- Invest in solar panels, this can be expensive initially but in the long term will save you a lot of money. Another option is to have them on a tariff scheme where you can sell unused energy on to the National Grid.
- Change your single glazed windows to double glazed or even triple glazed, this will save on energy bills by keeping your house well insulated. Also choose wood framed windows instead of UPVC or metal as they are easier to repair, more insulating, last longer and are less polluting than UPVC.
- Buy an eco-kettle, most kettles use a ridiculous amount of energy and most people boil too much water at a time, eco-kettles are much more energy efficient especially for those of us that have multiple cups of tea/coffee throughout the day.
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