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Energy prices are rising and set to continue to do so over the next year. With this in mind, we think everyone is looking at ways to save money on their energy bills. Yes, you can turn the heating down a notch or two, put less in the kettle when you boil it and stop using the tumble dryer.

All these are useful energy saving tips, but what if the warmth in your home is being lost, how much difference will these things make then? They are all worth doing, but rather, or as well as turning your heating down a notch have you considered the basic structure of your house?

Is your loft insulated? If not, you could be losing up to a quarter of your home’s heat through the roof.

Do you have double glazing? If not, you could be losing a further 15% of heat from your windows. Although double glazing can be expensive, the initial outlay could save you money in the long term, it’s also a plus if you ever decide to sell your house. Houses with double glazing are more attractive to buyers not just for the reasons above but also from an aesthetic point of view.

Double glazing creates highly energy-efficient window insulation, and you can choose from a range of materials, all equally effective. The main contenders are uPVC, wood, aluminium, steel, or composite.

Energy-efficient windows are made of 2 or 3 glass panes sealed in a single unit and surrounded by a frame made from one of the materials mentioned above. The glass panes have a sealed gap between them filled with air or a type of gas.

Fully insulated windows can lessen outside noise and cut down your carbon footprint if that’s important to you. They also lessen the amount of condensation you have on the glass.

Last but not least, they come in a range of sizes colours, and styles to suit any building and can add the finishing touch of style to your home.