Ingenious and cheap energy saving devices your home needs

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Whilst switching to the best energy supplier for your needs is the most effective way of cutting your energy bills, there are other ways you can reduce your energy use to make those bills even smaller! Ensuring your home is properly insulated is one way and whilst there are a number of grants and help available to help you cover the cost, there are much cheaper and less-intrusive ways of ensuring your home is as energy efficient as possible. We're sharing a couple of our favourites below. 

Chimney Sheep

The appropriately named Chimney Sheep is made from wool and asks as a draught excluder for - you guessed it - chimneys. The sheep sits just above the fireplace, filling the gap between the room and the chimney - stopping warm air from escaping up the chimney and cold air from coming into the room. Just be sure you take the chimney sheep out before lighting the fire and don’t put it back in until the fireplace is completely cold! Chimney Sheep’s start from just £16 and could save you up to £74 per year, depending on where you live and the type of home you live in.

Radiator Foil

Foiling behind your radiator can help your home stay cool in the summer and help keep it warm in the winter. In winter the foil can help reduce heat loss by up to 50%, by reflecting the heat back into the room rather than allowing it to escape through the external walls of your home. This ensures the room stays nice and warm so you don’t have to use as much energy. What’s better is that radiator foil can be picked up easily and cheaply from local hardware shops.

Draught Excluders

It’s well known that cold air can come in and warm air can leave the home via gaps in doors and windows. Door draught excluders might look like oversized sausages but putting one at the bottom of doors is a simple and effective way to stop cold air from coming into your home and warm air getting out. Don’t worry, if you have a draught coming from your window seal you don’t have to go to extreme measures to manouvre a standard draught excluder onto your windowsill; you can simply place draught excluder tape over the gap in the window seal.


If draughts can come in from under our front doors, imagine how much heat we must lose through our letter boxes? EcoFlap works to reduce heat loss and draughts through letter boxes by closing quickly after items are posted through and staying tightly shut even during windy weather. As a bonus, the EcoFlap has no springs or brushes, reducing the damage sometimes caused by traditional letter boxes to hands and post.

These are just four of the simple contraptions you can buy to increase the energy efficiency of your home, is there anything we’ve missed? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter

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