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Reporters look to our winter warmers

It’s that time of year again: moist leaves on the streets, grey skies, vague thoughts of Christmas, and articles about saving energy this winter appearing in the national media.

More than ever, journalists are using Energy Saving Trust facts, stats and spokespeople to add some authority on such matters. We’re naturally very pleased that they’re coming to what we firmly believe to be the right place. We have, after all, been doing this a while, and are quite familiar with what works, and to what extent.

Our top tips are ever-popular – cited by The Independent , BBC News and Daily Express, while Business Green just published them straight-up.

Given the permanent fixture in public discourse of rising energy bills, the measures that can deliver the biggest money savings are of key focus. Luckily, these are often the measures that bring the biggest savings in CO2 emissions as well. At the top of this blog is an infographic produced for Energy Saving Week (you can also download a PDF of it here), which provides a neat overview of where cost and carbon cuts can be made.

Essentially, insulation and heating systems should be the priority for anyone looking at thrift – while water remains a key cost concern, even when it’s chucking it down outside. We would not advocate waiting to see if someone gets you an eco-showerhead for your festive stocking, when water and heating bill savings can total £165 a year, starting right now.

Back to those press reports. Of greater interest than ever this year appears to be wood-fuelled heating. The Telegraph looked to our stats for clarity on potential cost savings of shifting from gas to wood (around a hundred quid a year), while The Independent took a more detailed look at the costs of installation, too. It’s not a cheap undertaking, but for those looking at the long-term and the cosy, it can work out well.

Of course, there are always personal energy efficiency questions that can’t be covered through medium of top tips, whether they’re delivered from our website or via other media, and whether your priority is bills, sustainability, or both.    

Gary Hartley is Energy Saving Trust's expert blogger. He has extensive experience researching and writing on a number of topics, with particular expertise in sustainable energy, policy, literature and sport. As well as providing regular blog content, Gary has also been published in numerous magazines and journals.

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