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Recent research released by the House Builders Federation claims that new-build homes are about 50 per cent cheaper to run than their Victorian equivalents.
They suggest this is because many new-builds contain better insulation, double glazing, A-rated appliances, solar panels, remote thermostats etc.
Whilst this is often true, that doesn’t mean it is impossible to make an ageing home significantly more thermally efficient and cut fuel costs, as you can.
1. Replace all windows and doors
Your existing windows and doors may be chiefly responsible for the cold air that gets into your house and forces you to crank up the heating. Invest in new windows and doors that carry a high energy rating to eliminate draughts and utilise the warmth of your boiler more efficiently.
2. Only heat the rooms you use
What is the point of heating an unoccupied room? It’s a complete waste of energy, when what you should be doing is only heating those rooms that you happen to be in at the time. This will likely be e.g. living room, kitchen, master bedroom.
3. Unplug mobile appliances
Overcharging your mobile phone or tablet unnecessarily will cost. You should also resist the temptation to charge mobile devices overnight by pulling the plug or pressing the ‘off’ button on the wall before going to bed.
4. Fit energy-saving lightbulbs
Traditional lightbulbs are being phased out. Exchange your old-style lightbulbs for energy saving lightbulbs. uSwitch suggest that installing five low energy light bulbs will cost about £15 and could save you as much as £32 a year.
5. Close the curtains at night
Buy some thicker curtains and close them as soon as darkness falls as they will retain any heat produced indoors and shield your interior, to a certain extent, from any cold air that forces its way through the glass.
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