PUBLISHED: 16:53 21 July 2006 | UPDATED: 10:45 01 June 2010
How to reduce energy bills HOW green is your home? With rising bills and the damaging effects of climate change, getting switched on to saving energy is more important than ever. On one of the warmest days of the year and with global warming a hot topic o
How to reduce energy bills
HOW green is your home? With rising bills and the damaging effects of climate change, getting switched on to saving energy is more important than ever.
On one of the warmest days of the year and with global warming a hot topic of conversation, one Fenland resident was given the chance to find out just how successful he is being in "greening" his home.
Experts from The Energy Saving Trust Advice Centre visited Wisbech to carry out an eco audit of Charlie Beeton's flat to find out how he can save money and energy.
The audit was part of a prize won by Mr Beeton after he entered an energy-saving competition when a roadshow visited the town.
Mr Beeton has already taken steps to save energy in his rented Market Place flat. He said: "I use energy-saving bulbs in all the lights and switch off things when they are not being used. I never leave the TV on standby - the only thing left on is the fridge."
Advisor Pamela Hutton was impressed by Mr Beeton's attitude towards saving energy, but was able to point out several other simple things he could do. Draught-proofing the windows, thermal linings in curtains, more efficient use of storage heaters, washing clothes at a lower temperature, choosing electrical appliances with the energy-saving logo were all things to be considered.
Mrs Hutton said: "Fuel prices have been relatively low and because the easiest way to pay a bill is by direct debit we don't always keep a close eye on what we are paying out.
"Appliances are more affordable and make life convenient but there is a price to pay for all of this. The average household could save over £300 a year on their bills through energy saving."
- The Energy Saving Trust Advice Centre Anglia gives free and impartial advice on making homes more energy-efficient, getting energy from renewable sources and travelling with lower carbon emissions. It is a non-profit organisation funded by the Government. Call 0800 512 012 or visit www.est.org.uk/myhome