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The Queen of Easy Green: Climate change concerns one in four home improving Brits

digital thermostat_11_09_12Lyndsey Young, The Queen of Easy Green, reveals why going green in your home could create a substantial saving on your monthly heating bills (and help the planet at the same time!).

Despite the current economic climate and the UK being in the longest double dip recession since World War II, research has found that although money saving is the main driver for the majority of home energy saving improvements, one in four households are prompted to improve the energy efficiency of their homes by concerns about climate change and the environment.

The research, undertaken by energy saving advice website, www.thinkinsulation.com, found that strong eco credentials were one of the purchasing criteria for 23 per cent of households when choosing energy efficient products such as loft insulation.

The report also found that whilst over half of households had already made some energy efficiency improvements to their home, smaller home improvement measures were being overlooked in favour of higher value investments.

According to the research, 59 per cent of households invested in double glazing compared to just 30 per cent that had topped up their loft insulation and 26 per cent who had draught-proofed their home.

The research highlights that although some people are taking positive action to improve the energy efficiency of their homes, many are not aware of the value smaller home improvement measures can make when it comes to reducing their fuel bills.

Simple home improvements which require a relatively small investment, such as installing loft insulation, insulating hot water tanks or draught-proofing their homes were often overlooked. In fact less than a quarter of households had insulated their hot water tank with a jacket and only a quarter had draught-proofed their home.

To improve the eco-credentials of your property, reduce carbon emissions and reduce the day to day costs of running your home, here are 5 simple, energy-saving top tips.

Draught-proof your home. Draught-proofing blocks up unwanted gaps that let cold air in and warm air out and is one of the cheapest and most efficient ways to save energy and money in the home. Full draught-proofing will save you on average £55*** per year. Draught-free homes are also comfortable at lower temperatures – so you’ll be able to turn down your thermostat. This could save you another £60*** per year.

Insulate your hot water tank. This is one of the easiest ways to save energy and money. It’s an easy DIY job that will cost around £15 if you do it yourself and will save around £40*** per year on your fuel bills.

Install a room thermostat. Whatever the age of your boiler, the right controls will let you set your heating and hot water to come on and off when you need them, heat just the areas of your home you want, and decide how warm you want each area to be. If you don’t already have one, install a room thermostat – it will save you around £70*** per year on your fuel bills.

Insulate your loft. About 25 per cent of heat in an un-insulated house escapes through the roof. Loft insulation is low cost and easy to install and the job can be completed yourself in a day. Opt for loft insulation with strong eco-credentials and great thermal performance. Space Insulation is a range of energy saving loft insulation products. All of the glass mineral wool insulation products in the range offer many superior environmental qualities as they are made using recycled glass bottles and with ECOSE® Technology, a unique formaldehyde-free binder based on rapidly renewable materials instead of petroleum-based chemicals.

Upgrade your shower head. If a family of four replace their inefficient shower head with a water-efficient one they could save around £72*** off their gas bills and around £72*** off their water bills (if they have a water meter) each year. That’s a total saving of £150***.

Have you undertaken any DIY energy saving improvements to your home, have you got some simple energy saving tips you’d like to share? If yes, please let me know in the comment section below.

**According to Energy Saving Trust based on insulating an uninsulated loft to a minimum depth of 270mm

***According to the Energy Saving Trust and based on a typical three bedroom semi detached house


About the author

Lyndsey Young, The Queen of Easy Green™ is a green living expert and product designer. ‘Living Green, Loving Saving’, Lyndsey is passionate about sharing her practical, time, money and energy-saving tips and advice, as well as reviewing and designing eco-friendly products which make a positive difference to you, your home, your pocket and the environment. To find out more, pop over to her website at www.queenofeasygreen.co.uk, follow her on Twitter @QueenEasyGreen, become a fan of Queen of Easy Green on Facebook or visit www.count-on-it.co.uk.

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