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Welcome to the first of our regular columns, where among other things we will offer tips and information on reducing your carbon footprint and often saving cash at the same time.

Remember that SACC is on hand to give advice and can be contacted via the contact us link or 731348.

As a resident of Snitterfield you are entitled to make an application for a grant from SACC towards any carbon reduction project in the village and you can download the form from our website. Applications for this year’s grants to be received by October 1st 2015.

1. Insulation, insulation, insulation

Insulation doesn’t just keep cold air out during winter; it also keeps hot air at bay during summer. There are a lot of different types of insulation which you can consider and costs vary greatly. For a quick guide to costs and savings check out www.energysavinghomes.org.uk

2. Draught excluding

Unless your home is very new, you’re likely to be losing some heat through draughts around doors and windows, gaps around the floor, maybe up a chimney or two, and a whole host of other areas around the house.

Why not buy some proper draught-proofing products for the doors and windows, seal your skirting boards with silicone sealant, and fit a chimney draught excluder or sealed fire guards? DIY draught proofing of windows, doors and blocking cracks in floors and skirting boards could cost up to £200, but could save £20 - £30 a year in a draughty home.

3. Switch to LED light bulbs

A recent study carried out by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) found that the average household could shave 80% off its lighting costs by switching from traditional bulbs to LED (Light Emitting Diode) bulbs. The figure takes into account the cost of using an LED bulb over its five and a half year life cycle (£9.30), over that of using a traditional bulb (£135).

4. Change your shower head

It is estimated that a household made up of four people will save £75 per year by fitting an eco-showerhead. The latter will reduce the amount of water you use every time you take a shower, without a noticeable reduction in power. Saving hot water reduces your gas or electricity bill.

5. Take advantage of the winter sun when it’s available

Open curtains on your south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home, and close them at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.


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