Improving energy efficiency can help the planet and your wallet

Date Added: April 14, 2009 07:46:38 PM
Author: Jane cocker
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Everyone is talking about energy efficiency. Many energy providers have already begun to catch on to the fact that using renewable sources might be a good idea, and have started to use solar and wind power alongside coal and gas to create energy. Eventually it is hoped that energy providers will rely more on renewable sources and phase out "dirty" energy, helping to saving our planet! Since 2005 energy inflation has meant an increase in household bills which has left everyone out of pocket. In the long-term the Government and the European Union aim to have everyone using some form of renewable energy. Currently there are grants and subsidies available for households to add solar panels or improve energy efficiency. By making your home more energy efficient, you can expect to save a lot of money in the long-term and of course help to save the planet. However, in the short-term some of these home improvements can be a costly and time consuming exercise for most families. By far the quickest and easiest way to save money is switching your energy supplier. Depending on where you live and other factors, a household can save up to 325 pounds on their energy bills. It is very easy to switch energy providers and there are many free websites which will compare prices for you. When you switch ensure you choose a provider which will send you paperless bills, thereby saving paper. There are also many quick and easy things to do in the short-term which can save money and the environment. Apart from the glaringly obvious recommendations such as switching off appliances, other tips include fitting insulation in your roof and walls, and using energy saving light bulbs. Again many local councils give grants for these things, especially if you are over 60 or on state benefits. Check with your local authority for the energy packages in your area.

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