With energy prices at an all-time high it’s no wonder more people are looking for ways to reduce their monthly bills and become eco-friendly. Here are some of the best and most effective ways to help you save money and create a more energy efficient home.
Poorly insulated walls, roofs and lofts will often account for the large majority of heat lost in a home.
If your loft area has easy access with no damp problems, then it should be very straight forward to insulate and highly possible to even do yourself! If you have cavity walls then you have the opportunity to save more heat loss with professional cavity wall filling.
Even though insulating lofts and walls does mean paying out of your pocket the ongoing savings year after year mean that they pay for themselves quickly. It’s always worth doing your research and looking for things such as insulation grants from the government which can save you money or even cover the costs entirely.
The winter months in particular can see a huge rise in electricity bills due to the shorter days and increased use of lighting in the home.
LED bulbs are extremely energy efficient compared to traditional incandescent or halogen bulbs and although a lot of people can be put off by their high cost per bulb – they use around 90% less energy! That equates to huge savings on your annual electricity bill.
If the cost of replacing every single light bulb in your home is too high, then do it gradually in stages. Start with replacing 5 bulbs in the most frequently used lights, lamps, fixtures or rooms in your home and then in a few months purchase and swap over another 5 and so on until you have a low cost and beautifully lit home.
Upgrade Your Heating
Although a replacement boiler can be a large expense it is always worth looking at how old your current heating system is. Modern boilers can be significantly cheaper to run than older models and are much more efficient which can save you hundreds on your energy bills every year.
It could also be worth looking at your radiators. Modern designs mean that they have not only becoming attractive statement features in some properties but newer models are much more efficient.
Whatever system you use it’s also important to keep them working well with annual maintenance checks from a qualified, professional engineer who can service your boiler and check your radiators to ensure everything is running smoothly.
Doors and Windows
Most modern properties have at least double glazing as standard by now but if your doors and windows are older or maybe just not up to scratch then it could well be worth the long term investment of new double or triple glazed windows and draft proof doors to help stop heat escaping.
Not only will they be much better at heat loss but they can reduce noise and can really improve the exterior of your home.
Additional Heating Solutions
Central heating is the most common way for properties to be heated in the UK but as effective as it can be most homes struggle with particular rooms or areas that the heat doesn’t reach leaving them cold, damp or with condensation build up.
The typical areas these problems can affect within a property are places like;
- Utility room
- Extensions / converted garages
- Spare bedrooms / unused rooms
Rooms or areas like these that aren’t regularly used, don’t feel the benefit of the central heating or are prone to moisture build up can be problematic to try to keep dry and warm. Tubular heaters are an extremely safe, affordable and cheap to run heating solution for areas with limited space. Thermo tube heaters require no professional installation – they simply plug into an electrical socket and give out constant, low level background heat to help solve any cold, frost or moisture issues.
There are so many helpful changes and products that homeowners can make to help reduce their bills and become more energy efficient. Here’s just a few:
- Hang thick curtains on windows
- Use draft excluders
- Switch to a cheaper energy tariff
- Seal gaps around windows
- Be water conscious and switch off taps when brushing teeth etc.
- Unplug appliances and chargers not in use
- Consider solar panels
- Use a colder wash cycle on your machine (30 degrees where possible)
- Dry clothes naturally instead of using tumble dryers
- Look into eco products such as kettles
- Buy a water saving shower head
From simply changing some of your habits to investing in some low cost energy efficient upgrades – you can save a significant amount on your annual energy bills whilst reducing your carbon footprint.