A simple DIY measure to reduce energy output in the home has been suggested by Green Stamp.
Fitting an electricity monitor could reduce energy bills by as much as one-quarter, the stockist revealed.
The meters measure how much electricity has been used by different appliances in the home.
Some brands allow homeowners to store up to eight months of data on them – this can then be downloaded to a PC and analysed.
Another product contains a lighting system which shows when too much energy has been consumed.
The meters are easy to install and useful for DIYers who want to measure how much energy is being used in their home.
Some tips from the Energy Saving Trust to limit consumption of energy include doing a home energy check.
A simple DIY project is to replace ordinary light bulbs with energy-efficient ones.
Turning down central heating can also reduce energy-loss.
Posted by Catriona Comerford