Affordable changes that could lower your energy bills

Making your home and lifestyle more energy efficient doesn't have to be costly. Some simple, affordable changes could be all you need to make sure you spend less on your electricity and gas bills.

While you can't have much control over what your supplier charges, you can minimise the amount of energy used in the home. Follow these top tips and you could find yourself with more money in the bank.

Change the seal on your fridge freezer

Your fridge and freezer are likely to be the only two appliances that run 24/7, which is why they deserve some special attention. One key component to check is the seal, especially if you've had the same appliance for several years.

If it is coming away or has perished, make sure you replace it. You should easily find the item in your local hardware store.

Switch your light bulbs

Changing your traditional light bulbs for energy saving alternatives is a relatively inexpensive task, and one that could bring down your electricity prices.

Government figures indicated that halogen incandescents, compact fluorescent lamps and light emitting diodes are the best choices, as they use as much as 80 per cent less energy than traditional models. They can also last up to 25 times longer, so it should be a while before they need changing again.

Install reflective panels behind radiators

Some of the heat from your radiators is likely to be absorbed by your interior walls, so why not invest in some reflective sheets? They can reflect as much as 95 per cent of the wasted heat back into the room - something you're sure to appreciate when the winter comes around!

Buy a blanket

Are there times when you're sat in front of the TV and decide to switch the heating on because you're feeling a little cool? If so, it could be time to invest in a blanket.

This is a cheap and effective way to warm you up - one, upfront cost and you can continue to enjoy it year in, year out.

Install exterior sensor lights

Rather than leaving your porch light switched on all night, why not choose a motion sensor model? This will automatically switch on and off when someone comes to your door, helping to keep rising electricity bills at bay.

It can also prove a good security device - and all for a relatively small amount of money!

Posted by Richard West