New year, new decade, new approach to energy efficiency! Many people have made resolutions to do their part to become as energy efficient as possible this year. So, here are 9 top ways to make your home as energy efficient as possible.
1. Insulate Your Walls
One of the most effective ways to keep your home warm and improve energy efficiency. By simply having quality insulation properly installed into your cavity walls, you can make savings of up to £250 per year in heating bills. Easy and quick to install even if you have a terrace house. And funding is available to many.
2. Insulate Your Loft
Did you know 25% of all heat loss escapes through the roof. Meaning your energy bills go through the roof! We would recommend insulation of 300mm thickness so you may be ready for first time insulation or a top up. Funding is also available for eligible customers.
3. Upgrade Your Boiler
Boilers account for 60% of the carbon dioxide emissions in a gas heated home. Boilers are rated on a scale of A to G, with A being the most energy efficient. If yours is at the lower end of the scale or older than ten years, then investing in a new one could save you a packet over the long-term. Funding is also available for eligible customers.
4. Double Gazing
Although expensive to initially do, you’ll feel the benefits immediately. Double glazing reduces the draughts and generally keeps the home warmer making it more energy efficient.
5. Hang Thick Curtains
Simple but effective, and it adds to the snug feeling of your home. Thick curtains add another element to reduce heat loss through windows and stop cold air coming in.
6. Draft Proof
To draught proof your home you should block up unwanted gaps that let cold air in and warm air out. You can get it done professionally or go DIY. You can apply self-adhesive foam strips to windows, floorboards and doors to reduce drafts and these can be bought at local DIY stores.
7. Energy Saving Light-bulbs
Although more expensive, they last longer and are way more energy efficient. If you’re not sure we’d recommend just trailing some LED light-bulbs out in one room. If they last longer and use up less energy, start changing to LED bulbs room by room. You can buy them online or at local DIY shops/ supermarkets.
8. Smart Meter
Smart meters give you a nearly real time reading on your energy use. Contact your energy providers to enquire about smart meters. The meters are small; you just plug it in, and it tells you how much gas / electric your home has used that day/ week / month.
9. Change Your Habits!
Turn off lights when leaving the room. Flush the toilet less and don’t leave taps running. Don’t leave appliances on standby all the time. Set your boiler to a timer so heat is only produced when people are home. Small things make the biggest difference if everyone applies the behaviour change.
For more information and to book a free no obligation Energy Efficiency survey, get in touch today. There is also grant funding available for some of these home improvements which our team can advise you on. Let’s get Energy Efficient!
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