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Thermal insulation 'the best way to improve energy efficiency'

Upgrading thermal insulation is the most effective way of improving the energy efficiency of a home, an expert has stated.

Maria Wardrobe, director of communications at National Energy Action (NEA), said insulation can make a big difference to the amount of energy each household consumes.

In order to make improvements, homeowners should contact local agencies and suppliers to discuss installing cavity wall or loft insulation, as well as how to replace inefficient heating systems, Ms Wardrobe added.

She went on to argue that Britons can also limit their energy use by changing their daily routines.

"Small changes in behaviour, such as making sure appliances are turned off at the wall, turning lights off and closing the curtains at dusk may seem insignificant, but when brought together can make a difference," she explained.

Her comments come after the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) recently released its British Gas Home Energy Report 2011, which found gas use fell by 17 per cent in the UK between 2006 and 2010. 


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