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How to reduce your energy and water bills

1320841_54826636As household bills continue to rise, more emphasis is being placed on reducing energy consumption, with most of the information available focused on insulation and central heating.

While these areas are important aspects of running a property, significant savings can also be made in the smallest room in the home, the bathroom.

Water prices are increasing steadily, with more people looking at ways to reduce the amount they use, especially if they have a meter. Taking a shower uses far less water than a bath would, although if you were to take a longer shower or use a powerful stream, you may end up using more.

The bathroom is one room which people like to keep warm, especially in colder months. A traditional radiator has to be turned up high to be able to heat the whole room, although the floor will often remain cold if it is tiled. Underfloor heating provides warmth from the floor upwards and is suitable with most types of covering, whether you have tiles or laminate. Instead of turning up the temperature on a traditional radiator system, consider the installation of electric underfloor heating.

Specific regulations exist for the lighting used in a bathroom and many people choose halogen bulbs or have older fittings. LED lighting uses less energy and the bulbs last much longer than traditional options. There are many ways to reduce energy and water consumption, all of which can significantly cut bills in the long term.