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Reducing Energy Wastage

reduce energy wasteToday we have a guest blog post from our friends at Everest.  These tips will help you to stop wasting energy and reduce your monthly bills!
While it is true to say that home energy use has actually declined in over the last few decades, the cost of household bills has soared. In fact the cost of these bills is up from £960-£1030.
And, with spring barely rearing its head so far, the recent cold snaps have undoubtedly resulted in an increase in energy use in the home. Did you know there are things that we can do to reduce energy wastage in order to save on utility costs? 
Here are some suggestions from leading home improvements specialists Everest:
A clean chimney is an energy efficient one.  
Sweeping the chimney of soot and debris will ensure your fire burns safely and efficiently – and this will help you to save on fuel.
 Maintain your roof tiles to lock that energy in 
Not only will water leakage lead to costly repair bills, but in some cases, it isn't covered by your home insurance. You also risk losing energy through the roof if you don’t maintain it properly.
Top up your insulation for greater efficiency 
If you are tired of moaning about the dreaded draft from upstairs, then ensuring your loft insulation is at, in the very least, 27cm, will actually help to keep your house toastier – and more importantly it’ll save you as much as £175 a year.
Fill in the gaps when it comes to your floorboards
Dated floorboards may be in fashion right now, but rest assured they will leak heat and let in the cold. But you needn't be sacrificing energy for chic – a little bit of filler will be enough to close up the gaps – saving you energy and blocking out the cold. 
It’s curtains for cold snaps… 
Heavier curtains will help to keep your living room warm and snug throughout winter and autumn’s worst – so it’s well worth considering this when you’re choosing your soft furnishing. 
Use a thermostat – it’ll save you in the long-run 
As much as £70 a year, actually – so it’s well worth it… 
35% of heat is lost through your walls… 
Which is why, it is worth considering investing in cavity walls or solid wall insulation to help to save you both money and energy in the future. 
Minimise drafts with brush insulation strips 
This will definitely help to minimise problem drafts under the front and back doors.
For even more useful energy saving tips, have a look at the following infographic.