7 Ways to make your home more energy efficient
With October already here and the impending winter fuel hikes likely to impact most of the UK, there are at least some ways that keep your costs down and make your home energy efficient.
Let’s make your home energy efficient – we run down the top 7 ways:
1. Loft Insulation
According to the Energy Saving Trust and depending type of property and where you live, you can save between £120 and £225 a year if you have badly insulated roofs and walls.
2. New Boiler
A boiler that is on the way out or inefficient could be making your fuel bills larger than they should be? This means that upgrading your knackered boiler could be a great way to cut what you pay long term.
Boilers also make up 60% of the carbon dioxide emissions in a gas heated home, so a newer more efficient boiler could help you contribute to becoming more ‘green’ while saving you money.
3. Smart Thermostats
Smart Thermostats – smart stats connect to the internet and consequently to your heating system, normally via a hub, and essentially allow you to control your underfloor heating systems or central heating system via an app on your iPhone or Android device.
Different rooms or zones in your home can be controlled independently ensuring you save money on your heating bills by turning off the heating in rooms not being used.
4. Energy Monitor
You might think that you are wasting energy, but how do you know for sure? Energy Monitors are available to buy for around £20-40 but ask your electricity or gas supplier to see if they offer them for free.
If you put somewhere central in your home like a kitchen or living room where your family can see it and monitor how much energy is being consumer or potentially wasted.
5. New Shower Head
Baths can use up a lot of water and a shower is generally thought to be the more cost-effective solution but some electric showers can actually use more water in 5-10 minutes than a whole bath.
A water saving shower-head can help to reduce around 50% of the water that comes out of your shower which will help to make your daily scrub a lot ‘greener’ while saving both money and energy.
6. Fit double glazing
While the initial investment is high, fitting double-glazing will have a huge difference on your annual fuel bills.
Double-glazing is a long-term investment that will end up saving you money as the heat won’t be able to escape as easily.
7. Eco Appliances for Home Energy Efficiency
In some warm, humid countries like Japan and Korea, summertime is when Air Conditioners and other cooling appliances in the home are used continuously. Even refrigerators need to work harder as your home gets warmer. So you would expect huge energy bills when the Autumn draws near.
Surprisingly, you’d be wrong, as many appliances are green or have ‘Eco’ modes, meaning they work much more efficiently and fuel bills are a lot less than you might expect.
In the UK, making sure you buy appliances, like ‘Eco’ kettles, can help you save on energy, up to 30% in some cases. So when it is time to buy a new fridge or TV then look for the models that have ‘Eco’ modes and start saving.
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