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Save energy for under £250

Save energy for under £250

With a little investment, you could be saving hundreds of pounds on your energy bills year on year.

If you have up to £250 to invest in making your home more energy-efficient and more comfortable to live in, here are some of the best ways to do it.

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1. Insulate your loft

Cost : Around £240 (according to the Energy Saving Trust) if you do it yourself, or you could be eligible for a grant to help you cover the costs.

A lot of a house's heat is lost through the roof, because heat rises. If your loft isn't insulated yet, investing in loft insulation could save you £12 per year on your energy bills.

2. Get your cavity walls insulated

Cost: Between £330 and £725, depending on the house type, but less or even free if you qualify for funding via the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme.

The ECO scheme was launched in 2013 to tackle fuel poverty and help the UK with its target to reduce carbon emissions. It requires that medium and large energy suppliers contibute funds for energy efficiency measures in British homes.

And with about a third of all heat lost in un-insulated homes going through the walls, using the ECO scheme to cover the costs of cavity wall insulation can make a very big difference in your energy bills - up to £245 on average per year.

3. Add floor insulation

Cost: In order to make significant savings, you needn't spend any more than £100 on do-it-yourself measures to insulate your floors.

If you have a raised timber floor, this can be insulated by lifting the floorboards and laying mineral wool insulation. You can also use a sealant found at any DIY store to fill gaps between floor boards, and add rugs to block the cold air coming up through the gaps.

4. Insulate your pipes and tanks

Cost: Under £100 for do-it-yourself materials

Both tank and pipe insulation keep your water hotter for longer by reducing the amount of heat that escapes. Adequately insulating your pipes can also stop pipes freezing in winter.

5. Draught-proofing

Cost: Under £100 for do-it-yourself materials.

Using draught strips or excluders to draught-proof around your doors and window frames can save around £25 a year on heating bills. You might also want to install a draught excluder over your letterbox.

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