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11 simple steps to make your home more eco-friendly

It doesn’t take much effort or money to make your household more eco-friendly. In fact, simple changes to your routine that cost nothing can make a big difference. So, if you’re looking to clean up your act and run a greener household, here’s a checklist of cheap, easy ways to get started:

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Ensure your home is draught proof by sealing gaps around doors and windows.

Close your curtains as the evening falls to stop heat escaping.

0nly boil as much water as you need in the kettle

Fill your dishwasher with a full load rather than 2 half loads.

Readjust your water temperature so it’s no higher than 60 degrees.

Invest in energy saving bulbs, they’re 40% more efficient than regular bulbs.

Exchange, reuse and recycle wherever possible. Buy and sell second-hand items.

Never leave electrical equipment on standby, turn it off completely

Don’t use a new, plastic bag every time – invest in a cloth bag or a ‘bag for life.’

Leave lights switched off after you’ve finished using them.

Your thermostat can be turned down by just 1°C to save you about £60 a year.

These small, inexpensive steps are a great way to improve your home’s carbon footprint. However, if you’re keen to make even more of an impact – you may want to consider a larger-scale project. You could opt for solar panels for example, which could help cut your carbon emissions and save you money into the bargain. You could also consider cavity wall insulation and loft insulation to help drastically reduce wasted energy.

If you do decide to go for one of these more significant home improvements, do remember to inform your house insurance provider. Any additions or modifications to your home could affect your policy, so it’s wise to keep your insurer updated on these changes.

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