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The increase in energy prices over the last couple of years have left many families struggling to come to terms with their ballooning gas and electricity costs. If you have young children it’s very important that you home is kept warm and inviting for them at all times, and this costs money. If you’re interested in saving money on your energy bills, it’s important to put strategies into place to ensure that your home retains heat and that appliances are not left running unnecessarily.
Spend on Insulation
You can’t underestimate the importance of insulation. If you want your home to be warm and cosy, without your energy bills taking a huge chunk out of your earnings, insulation is essential. It’s recommended that you have at least ten inches of loft insulation, as this will save most families around £150 a year. Remember that inexpensive draught excluders placed in front of external doors can make a big difference. It’s also a good idea to check whether your family is eligible to receive financial help with making eco-friendly changes to your home, and these changes include draught-proofing, double glazing, and loft-insulation.
Swap Your Light Bulbs
One of the easiest ways to save money on your energy bills is to change over the light bulbs you currently use. Energy-saving light bulbs are more efficient than their regular counterparts. Replacing a single filament bulb, that wastes 90 percent of its energy as heat, with an energy- saving alternative can save you around £3 per year, and swapping all the bulbs in your home will save you upwards of £55. Energy-saving light bulbs may cost a little more, but they earn back their extra cost almost immediately. You can also try installing LED lights, as these bulbs are incredibly eco-friendly. They only produce a small amount of heat and last longer than most other types of lighting.
Get the Kids Involved
Even young children can be taught to understand the importance of saving power, to benefit the environment. It’s a great way to get kids interested in environmental concerns and the planet on which they live. Encourage them to switch off lights and lamps when they leave a room (if they can reach), and to turn off electronic devices like televisions, laptops and mobile phone chargers at the plug, rather than leaving them on stand-by.