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Energy Saving Trust top ten tips for energy saving around the home

Turn your thermostat down. Reducing your room temperature by 1°C could cut your heating bills by up to 10 percent and typically saves around £55 per year. If you have a programmer, set your heating and hot water to come on only when required rather than all the time.

Is your water too hot? Your cylinder thermostat should be set at 60°C/140°F

Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through the windows and check for draughts around windows and doors.

Always turn off the lights when you leave a room.

Don't leave appliances on standby and remember not to leave laptops and mobile phones on charge unnecessarily.

If possible, fill up the washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher: one full load uses less energy than two half loads.

Only boil as much water as you need (but remember to cover the elements if you're using an electric kettle).

A dripping hot water tap wastes energy and in one week wastes enough hot water to fill half a bath, so fix leaking taps and make sure they're fully turned off!

Use energy saving lightbulbs. They last up to 10 times longer than ordinary bulbs, and using one can save you around £40 over the lifetime of the bulb. This saving could be around £65 over its lifetime if you're replacing a high wattage incandescent bulb, or one used for more than a few hours a day.

Do a home energy check with the Energy Saving Trust, see link below. Just answer some simple questions about your home and get a free, impartial report telling you how you can save up to £300 a year on your household energy bills.

About the Energy Saving Trust

The Energy Saving Trust is an independent, UK-based organisation focused on promoting action that leads to the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions - a key contributor to man-made climate change.

They are the source of free advice and information for people across the UK looking to save energy, conserve water and reduce waste. They are funded by the UK government, devolved governments and the private sector.

The aim of the Energy Saving Trust is to help reduce carbon dioxide emissions by helping people to use energy more efficiently, conserve water, reduce waste and make renewable energy sources more accessible. They also help people choose greener ways to travel at home and at work.

For further information visit www.energysavingtrust.org.uk