Whether you own your own home or rent a property, there are many things you can do to ensure that where you live is as energy efficient at possible.
Even if you do not own your property, it can still be worth investing in loft installation if you are planning to live there for a while. Alternatively, you could talk to your landlord about the potential of the sharing the cost.
In some cases, it could be possible to get loft insulation and cavity wall insulation free from an energy company to minimise the heat lost through the roof and walls of your home.
Whether you rent through a Gloucester estate agency such as http://www.tgres.co.uk/, a social housing provider in London or a private landlord in Glasgow, you should always seek written permission before making any changes to the property – even if you think they are positive alterations, such as having insulation installed.
Prevent your money from quite literally slipping away by draught-proofing your home. You should also put up heavy curtains and close them in the evening to prevent heat escaping. If you have a chimney, get a chimney sheep or balloons to prevent cold draughts if you are not using the fire. More information about draught-proofing can be found on the National Insulation Association website.
Keep your hot water tank thermostat temperature set to a reasonable level, as there is no point heating your hot water too much if you are then just going to add cold water to make it bearable when you get in the shower or wash your hands. Save more money by insulating your hot water tank. You can buy a jacket from your local DIY store to prevent heat loss.
You can also save money by turning down your room thermostats by one or two degrees. Around 19 degrees should be adequate in the UK, with a saving of around £50 for every degree you go down.
Open windows rather than using extractor fans – although make sure this does not cause condensation issues – and switch electric appliances off completely when not in use. Invest in low-energy light bulbs and keep your curtains wide open during daylight hours to give your home some natural solar heat.