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More people tackling price rises from energy suppliers with efficiency - 27/05/2009

A greater number of homeowners are switching energy priorities to thoughts of efficiency, as the move could both save money and increase the value of a property.

The Energy Saving Trust recently revealed that homes can gain additional value to the tune of £10,000 if they undergo significant retrofitting, which could be particularly useful given the current state of the housing market, reports the Press and Journal.

In addition, a survey from the Scottish Homebuilding and Renovating Show found that half of respondents prioritise energy-saving lighting above other spending considerations on new projects.

A range of government grants are available to help people retrofit their homes, from installing insulation through to connecting solar panels to the roof, all of which helps to both save money and reduce carbon emissions.

Further to this, making sure electrical appliances are switched off when they are not in use and purchasing energy-efficient white goods can also contribute to lower costs.

In related news, Wales has announced plans to be using only renewable energy within the next 20 years, reports the Guardian.

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