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Five ways to reduce your energy bills

Sponsored feature | Brenda Kibblewhite, head of sales and marketing, This Land

With the current cost of living crisis and rising energy prices, we are feeling the pinch more than ever.
With the current cost of living crisis and rising energy prices, we are feeling the pinch more than ever.

With the current cost of living crisis and rising energy prices, we are feeling the pinch more than ever. According to a research report by the Home Builders Federation (HBF), new-build homes will save on average more than £3,000 in annual energy costs when the energy price guarantee (EPG) increases on April 1.

Compared to older properties, new energy-efficient homes offer significant savings and are more environmentally friendly to run.

When buying a new-build home from This Land you can eliminate the need for costly energy-saving measures that you would be required to carry out in an older house - however, there are still some actions you could take to further reduce your energy bills.

Turn down one degree

Ensuring your thermostat is set correctly is an easy way to reduce energy consumption. The lowest recommended temperature for your thermostat is between 18C and 21C. When your thermostat is set correctly, it eliminates the need to turn it up when it is colder outside, as it will heat the rooms to the set temperature regardless. This prevents your home from getting warmer than it needs to be and turning your thermostat down by just one degree could save £60 on your heating bills.

Reflect your radiator

Radiator reflector panels are a handy, low-cost option to get the most out of your heating. The foil panels sit behind your radiator to reflect heat emitted from the radiator back into the room, preventing it from escaping through the external wall. Reflector panels behind radiators can save you around £19 a year on your energy bills.

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Turn off standby

An instant and straightforward way to reduce the amount of energy you use is to remember to turn your appliances off standby mode when they are not in use. The majority of electronic appliances can be turned off at the plug and back on again without interfering with their settings. This does not always apply to smart devices which often need to be left switched on at all times, so it is also important to factor in energy consumption when choosing smart devices for your home. By turning your appliances off when not in use, you can save £35 a year on your energy bill.

Lights off

Switch to energy-efficient light bulbs such as LED and enable an average saving of £40 a year. Also, always turn your lights off when they are not in use to prevent wasting energy. Being more conscious about the way you use your lights can lead to annual savings of £15.

Reduce water consumption

Energy is needed to produce hot water at home, so by reducing water use, you can also reduce energy costs. You can do this by opting for short showers instead of baths, only using washing machines and dishwashers once they are full, turning the taps off when brushing your teeth, and using a washing bowl to clean up the dishes.

If you are looking to buy a new energy-efficient home, speak with This Land’s home buying executive today. Call 07388 673364, email spiregrass@this-land.co.uk or visit our website This-Land.co.uk.

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