Homes missing out on savings through DIY aversity

People too shy to pick up their toolbox and carry out simple DIY tasks have been told they may be missing out on savings.

A study on behalf of the Energy Saving Trust has found Brits could be saving a total of over £220 million and stopping 1.2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide from escaping by adding simple solutions like loft insulation.

Homeowners could save an average of £140 per year by investing a little time and money into energy-efficient tasks.

Putting a "jacket" on hot water cylinders can knock £40 off annual fuel bills, while adding loft insulation will save a further £60 per annum.

It also found a further £30 can be saved by draught-proofing doors and windows – something to bear in mind when choosing a conservatory provider.

People converting their loft may choose to have it insulated when installing a roof light to ensure the room stays warm.

A recent HSBC survey showed those who convert their attic space are likely to add over £13,000 to the value of their property.