Energy efficiency 'can be achieved through behavioural changes'

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As well as attempting to switch energy supplier, people in Britain eager to make their homes more energy efficient may find making small behavioural adjustments can be beneficial.

Maria Wardrobe, director of communications at National Energy Action, claimed these minor changes can go a long way in boosting a property's green credentials.

The expert recommended making sure appliances are switched off at the wall, turning off lights and closing curtains when dusk arrives can all play their part in making a living area more environmentally-friendly.

She said of the practices: "[They] may seem insignificant, but when brought together can make a difference."

Getting cavity walls and lofts adequately insulated can also make a notable contribution, Ms Wardrobe added.

Her comments come after the British Gas Home Energy Report 2011 from the Centre for Economics and Business Research showed gas use fell by nearly a fifth among Brits between 2006 and 2010.

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