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Guest Post: 5 eco-friendly ways to save money in your home

September 30, 2011 by  
Filed under Eco & Green Tips, Featured Retailers, Green Living

eco friendly ways to save moneyMaking your home more eco-friendly isn’t only good news for the planet – it’s also good news for your wallet. By embracing a greener way of living, you can help improve your home’s eco credentials while also saving yourself some money into the bargain.  Here are 5 eco-savvy suggestions:

1.Solar panels

Due to the government’s feed-in tariff incentive, solar panels on your home could actually make you money. Of course, there is an initial financial outlay, but after that you can save money on your energy bills as well as selling any excess power back to the national grid for profit.

Alternatively, you could take advantage of one of the schemes that offers free panel installation. This would mean that the installation company would make the money from the sale of power – but you’d still benefit from cheaper energy bills. Read more here.

 

Remember, always inform your home insurance provider about any large modifications such as this. If you fail to inform them, you could risk invalidating your cover.

2.Insulation

A well-insulated house will require less energy to keep it warm. This makes it better for the environment as well as saving you money. Cavity wall insulation and double-glazing are two of the best methods to conserve energy in your home. Insulating cavity walls reduces heat loss and can save you around £110 a year on your fuel bills.

3.Turn it down

Turning your thermostat down, even by just 1 degree, can help reduce the amount of energy used daily in your home. Reducing your room temperature by 1°C could cut your heating bills by up to 10 percent and typically saves around £50 per year. Also, is your water too hot? Your cylinder thermostat should be set at around 60°C/140°F

4.Don’t be wasteful

Don’t leave electrical items on standby or on charge unnecessarily; turn them off completely when they’re not in use.

Try to fill up with full loads in your washing machine and dishwasher – rather than doing two half-full cycles.

Consider fitting a ‘low-flow’ shower head which could help reduce your water bills and the amount of water wasted.

5.Better bulbs

Consider switching to energy-saving light bulbs – they last up to 10 times longer than ordinary bulbs and using one can save you around £45 over the lifetime of the bulb. It’s such a simple step that’s so easy and effective to do.

This article was written by Policy Expert who are insurance specialists, providing house insurance to homeowners in the UK.  You can use their website to compare quotes and buy online.

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