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Energy saving has been high on the Government agenda for some years now and in today's economic climate, we’re all becoming more conscious about the energy we’re using and the seemingly ever increasing costs.

In your home, there are some simple ways in which you can start to save energy – and many of these will save you money too.

Heating systems are a large contributor to global warming, but turning your thermostat down by just 1°C could help lower your heating bills by up to 10%. If you don’t have it already, consider installing double glazing to minimise heat loss from your house.

Many new houses are built with water meters fitted. Being more water efficient will help you keep your costs down and contribute to fewer droughts and hose pipe bans.

Household appliances waste a lot of energy. If you’re having a new boiler installed, make it an energy saving one and if you’re shopping for a new washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher try and get an energy efficient model – even if it costs you slightly more to buy - as you’ll make great savings on your energy bills.

There are also larger projects you could think about. Cavity wall and loft insulation can save you up to 1/3 of your heating costs. Old loft insulation may be of an inadequate thickness and topping up to a minimum of 250mm is essential for real economy these days.

On a smaller scale, consider switching your light bulbs to energy saving ones. They not only save energy, but also often last longer so they can be a shrewd investment, despite being a little more expensive than traditional bulbs.

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