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12 Sep 2008 12:09:23

Longer term Energy Efficiency Improvements

Boiler - replacing a 15-year old model could save you over 20% on your fuel bills, around 32% if you're installing a condensing boiler and up to 40% if you also install good heating controls.

Wall Insulation - this can be the most cost-effective way to save energy around the home. Up to 33% of the heat in your home is lost through the walls. If you're wanting to insulate against this, the first thing to do is to check the type of walls you have.

Double glazing - you could be loosing up to 20 per cent of your home's heat through single glazed and poorly insulated window frames. With double glazing you can actually cut these losses by over a half.

Hot water tank - fit an insulating jacket to your hot water cylinder. Fit a British Standard jacket that's at least 7.5cm thick. It will cost around £10 and will give a saving of £10-£15 a year.

Hot water pipes - these can also be insulated to stop heat escaping from them. The best pipes to insulate are the ones between the boiler and hot water cylinder. Cost: around £1 per metre.

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