Saving Home Energy

There's lots of ways to save energy at home

With the winter well out of the way, we are now all enjoying the summer sun (between the rain that is) which is impacting on our energy usage.

Some of us will see lower bills over the summer months, whereas others will be paying exactly the same over the year to help cover the higher costs of winter (a wise move). But have you ever considered reviewing how energy efficient your home is?

I know for a fact that as a student I never considered the concept of looking in to ways to save energy within my home, as I always believed it would be expensive. This is true in some cases, but in the long term many initially small investments pay for themselves within 2 or 3 years.

What is also very surprising is that you can arrange a free home assessment through the Energy Saving Trust in Scotland, who will assess your home and give you free and impartial advice and recommendations on how you could save energy and money.

Another surprising fact is that improving your home energy can also have a positive impact on your health, for instance by up-grading heating, your home is warmer in winter and as such you are less likely to catch a fever or cold. Also with a more efficient system your bills will be lower, removing an element of stress from your life.

For those of you who do not receive sick pay when ill, it has also been noted that having an energy efficient home could mean you are less likely to be off work from illness and will subsequently ensure you have a full pay every month.

When looking for the best deals and how you can cover costs, check out the Energy Saving Trust website at- http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/home-energy-scotland for advice and support. You may even find that you can get funding or government support to improve your home.

Be warned though, when considering home energy improvements, don’t just go with the companies which call you, dig a bit further and if in doubt contact the Energy Saving Trust, who can separate the good guys from the rogues for you.

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