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Property Matters: Going green: advice from your local property experts, Avard Estate Agents

There has never been a more important time for home owners to help the environment. Insulation – By installing cavity wall or loft insulation, it can cut down fuel bills by up to £140 a year as well as help reduce energy consumption.

White goods – When purchasing, ask for energy-efficient models that are more eco-friendly.
Save water – Water saving devices can be fitted in the bathroom, including dual flush toilets, low flow shower heads and taps. Alternatively, carefully place a brick in the toilet cistern to save litres.

Garden – Home owners should consider planting edible plants that will attract birds and insects, or perhaps try your hand at growing your own fruit and vegetables. A water butt will help in collecting surplus rainwater to use for watering the garden.

Interiors – There are many 'green' alternatives on the market. For example, 'green' paints avoid the petrochemical solvents that give off toxic emissions and come in a range of sumptuous colours.

Finally, some simple steps: swap all your light bulbs to energy saving versions, reuse old plastic shopping bags, use products made from recycled material and ensure your dishwasher and washing machine are full before using. These are just some ideas that can really help both the planet, and your pocket!

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