'Green up' your properties, people told

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People who are able to increase the energy efficiency of their homes when they switch energy supplier may find they can take a number of steps to make their property even more environmentally-friendly.

The Association of Residential Lettings Agents has provided a list of tips and tricks to help individuals 'green up' their living spaces.

These measures include fitting cavity wall and floor insulation, as well as similar installations in the loft.

"Although many properties now have loft insulation installed, check the depth and quality. The recommended thickness is between 250-300 mm for optimum energy efficiency," the organisation explained.

Other recommendations included insulating water fittings and preventing draughts.

Installing a thermostat for a boiler could also be useful, the body noted, as this ensures the heating is switched off when a room reaches its optimum temperature.

People who make these changes may find they offer substantial financial benefits in the long run, which may be important because managing director of moneymaxim.co.uk Mark Bower recently suggested families need to start trying to balance their household budgets.

Posted by Richard Eden

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