Give your house an energy spring clean

Research from British Gas has shown that while 74% of us are likely to spring clean, less than a quarter of the UK’s population are likely to make any energy […]

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By Tom Gibson

Research from British Gas has shown that while 74% of us are likely to spring clean, less than a quarter of the UK’s population are likely to make any energy efficiency improvements.

Eight million of us still have the heating on at January levels.

Charlie Brown, British Gas’s Energy Spring Clean Expert said: “This spring we’re reminding people to turn off, turn down and save. It’s time to start thinking about how you can save on your bills.

“Surprisingly, your boiler is one of the biggest sources of wasted energy and money in the home. Having an inefficient boiler could be wasting up to 25% of your spend on heating bills – that’s up to £225 a year.”

British Gas has enlisted the help of TV celebrity cleaner Kim Woodburn (Channel 4’s How Clean Is Your House) to launch the Energy Spring Clean to help people stop wasting and start saving.

Kim Woodburn said: “With a squeeze on household bills, it is madness to throw money away through wasted energy. I always begin my spring clean in the grubbiest room of the house, the kitchen. For example, simply de-scaling your kettle allows the water to boil more quickly using less energy.”

British Gas’s Energy Spring Clean top tips:

– Remember to switch off unnecessary lights around the home. Replacing old lightbulbs with energy efficient ones is a quick win.

– Your boiler is one of the biggest culprits to waste your money in the home with the most inefficient boilers wasting up to £225. Similarly, loft and cavity wall insulation, which British Gas is offering free to its customers

– Consider using a standby saver, which could help you save up to £30 a year by automatically switching off connected electrical appliances.