Tips to improve your homes efficiency

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Posted by Jason Pullen | Posted in Self Sufficient Living : Guide | Posted on 09-09-2011

Here are a few tips that will help you improve your homes efficiency.

If you have shutters on your home, make sure you not only shut them at night and during bad weather. But also that you make sure that your shutters are insulated.

Make and hang your own curtains that include a thermal lining.

Makes sure that your cavity walls are insulated. A lot of councils in the UK will help you do this or a very reasonable price. We had our roof insulation and cavity walls done for a ‘cheep as chips’ fifty pounds!

Re-use your ‘grey’ water for watering the garden and flushing the toilet. Make sure that there is nothing harmful in the water before using it on your precious plants.

Insulate your loft with 18 inch of mineral wool. Again your local council will be able to help with this.

Board out your ceiling with aluminium back plasterboard or expanded foam.

Install a solar water heating system to supplement your hot water system. This is very cost effective if your supply is electric only.

While these tips are not necessarily of the self sufficiency ilke, it is very important that you have an efficient home to star with.

Do you have any extra tips? If so let us know and we will add it to our list.

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