Top ten bill busting eco tips from James Strawbridge TV presenter, eco-warrior and author

James StrawbridgeJames is leading the ‘look for the label’ campaign for energy efficient windows run by the regulator (BFRC) and advising homeowners on ways they can make their homes more energy efficient, cut carbon emissions and save money. Together they have created these ‘Top Ten Tips' which are simple to follow and will help bust some of those household bills.

1. Install Energy Rated Windows
Installing BFRC 'A' rated windows could save you as much as £325* per year. Find your nearest installer on the website –

2. Insulate your Loft
Make sure that you put up at least 270mm thick insulation to conserve the most heat.

3. Get an Energy Monitor
Knowledge is power - if you know how much electricity you use each day and where, you can switch off appliances more often and save money.

4. Opt for a Green Electricity Tariff
Many companies are very competitive on price and supply energy from renewable sources such as wind turbines.

5. Invest in Solar PV
Investing in solar panels means you can enjoy the government’s feed-in tariff. You could be paid more for the electricity you generate than you buy it in for!

6. Use a Hippo
Cut the top off a small plastic bottle - put a stone in the bottom and place it in your cistern - you'll now be saving money every time you flush.

7. Organise your Recycling
An organised home recycling system saves time and encourages the habit.

8. Get a Wormery
An alternative and neat way to compost your uncooked kitchen scraps - providing you with liquid compost and space to plant herbs and veg.

9. Keep Chickens
Rewarding and easy to keep - and delicious fresh eggs too!

10. Build a Cold Frame
Make use of the your old window frames and have fresh veg all year round.

Comments James,
"The British Fenestration Ratings Council (BFRC) is committed to helping homeowners make their homes more energy efficient and hopes these Top Ten Tips will give everyone some ideas. The BFRC ratings system for Energy Efficient Windows will also help - it is similar to energy labels found on all new household appliances. All windows are rated from ‘A’ to ‘C’ with ‘A’ being the most energy efficient. This label means you can simply and quickly compare the energy efficiency of different windows."

"Obviously replacing all your windows would have a big impact on your heating bills, but you could just start in the rooms you most use, like the sitting room. Little changes like those outlined in my Top Ten Tips all add up and can make a big difference if you are looking to bust some of those household bills and reduce your carbon footprint."

For more information on Energy Efficient Windows and details of suppliers and installers in your area please visit the BFRC website, or telephone its advice line, 020 7403 9200.

‘Practical Self Sufficiency – The Complete Guide to Sustainable Living’ by James and Dick Strawbridge is available in all good book stores.