Cheaper energy bills motivate homeowners to cut their carbon emissions

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Most consumers are encouraged to increase the energy efficiency of their homes to slash their energy bills, the Energy Saving Trust (EST) has revealed.

According to head of knowledge services for the EST Paula Owen, over three-quarters of home owners have mentioned cheaper fuel bills as a reason behind them cutting their household's carbon footprint.

"Around £8 billion of energy is wasted in the UK every year because of homes that are poorly insulated, have inefficient or poorly controlled heating systems and use electricity unnecessarily," she explained.

Measures that can be taken to cut emissions and household bills include replacing old boilers and not leaving TVs and computers on standby.

According to the EST, increased energy efficiency through measures such as insulation and improving heating systems can save homes £300 a year.

This is equivalent to an average saving of around 1.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide per household.

As £8 billion of energy is wasted every year in the UK due to poor energy efficiency in homes it is important to make sure that homeowners carry out the necessary actions to make their house more efficient as well as shopping around for the best deals on energy prices.

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