What are you doing for Energy Saving Week?

16th October 2013
Energy Saving Week

Energy Saving Week 2013 is on the horizon, set to take place later this month between October 21st and 25th, encouraging consumers up and down the country to cut down their usage and subsequently lower their utility bills.

Organised by the Energy Saving Trust, it targets workplaces and households throughout the UK to help them get their energy usage under control. So how are you going to take action and make the most of the week-long event?

Improve your home

One of the best ways to save money on your energy bills is to make improvements to your home. The best thing about it is you can incorporate it into any project or DIY endeavour you had planned, all you have to do is think about ways to bring efficiency into it.

If you're buying a new appliance for your home, you should keep an eye out for the Energy Saving Trust Recommended logo, which is put on new devices that are particularly resourceful. Getting a new boiler is also sensible as newer models are much more efficient than those from a few years back – check how old yours is and consider replacing it if it doesn't score well in terms of energy ratings.

Insulation is key too, and by getting your loft or cavity walls insulated you will find you have to use your heating a lot less. Getting between 100mm and 270mm of loft insulation will save approximately £25 a year on heating bills, while cavity wall insulation can save £140 annually.

It may seem like an obvious one, but it can really help if a home is fitted completely with energy saving light bulbs, while if you want to keep in control of your water usage installing a meter is a wise idea.

Find a grant

You don't have to foot the bill for making your home more energy efficient by yourself. There are a number of grants available to help British people out. Green Deal is one such example, allowing people to pay for the cost of their improvements through their energy bills over an extended period of time. If the person moves out, then the costs are transferred to the new resident.

Energy Company Obligation is funding provided by the big six suppliers to help those on particular benefits to pay for energy efficiency improvements. It is also worth getting in touch with your local authority to find out what they offer their constituents – they may have cash available too.

Posted by Oliver Tadd

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