How to get energy efficient

When you become more energy efficient you start saving money. So, it's worth looking at what you can do to help save a pretty penny.

On average we each use about 150 litres of water a day. When we use water we are often using energy, mostly to heat the water. Saving a little water is very easy. And remember, using less water will contribute towards lowering your energy bill.

Here are a few tips:

1 Ditch the bath and have a five minute shower instead

2 Cut the lights! It is one of the easiest ways to save money. Most of us are terrible for leaving lights on around the house when they don't need to be on.

Look at the different light bulbs on the market, replace traditional light bulbs with a compact fluorescent bulbs to save money. If you have external lights ensure you have a sensor so that they automatically turn off.

3 Electrical appliances account for about one-third of your household's bills. There are lots of ways that you can save energy, here are a few: Laptops typically use 85% less electricity over a year than Desktop PC's so by default they are better. Therefore, if all of your needs can be met on a laptop why not consider just using it instead of a desktop PC?

Kitchen appliances like washing machine and dryers really take up a lot of energy. The Energy Saving Trust Recommended label can help you decide what are the most efficient kitchen appliances for your home. Just look for the label next time you go shopping.

Moreover, when you use dishwashers and washing machines, try to use full loads rather than half. When comes to using the kettle, just use the amount of water that you need

4 Drought proofing - This is usually over looked but drought roofing is one of the cheapest and most efficient ways to save energy and money. Full drought proofing will save you about 55 a year.

Finding drought materials is pretty straight forward. There are lots of DIY stores that sell drought proofing materials. Make sure that you look for the drought proofing with the Kitemark, this shows that the product is made to a good standard.

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