Is Your Home Energy Efficient?
Top Tips To Follow To Ensure You Are Saving Money & Reducing Energy Use
We all want to reduce our energy bills and to do our bit for the environment so running an energy efficient home is a win-win situation. Follow these ideas to achieve the best results for your home;
1. Unplug appliances when they are not in use. Standby appliances consume approximately 5-10% of your electricity bill. A typical home could save between £45 and £80 a year just by turning off appliances left on standby.
2. Replace your old fashioned light bulbs; use LED (light emitting diode) and CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps) these are far more energy efficient and last 6-10 times longer. The average home could save about £45.00 a year. Replacing all your bulbs in the average sized house will cost around £100.
3. Be careful with water, when possible only use cold water in your washing machine and only wash full loads. The same goes for your dishwasher. Only boil the amount of water you need when using the kettle and use a washing up bowl to do the dishes rather than leaving the tap running. Install a water-efficient shower head which can reduce the hot water usage but maintains the pressure of the shower.
4. Reduce the use of your tumble dryer use the sun to dry your clothes on days that allow it.
5. Add energy friendly thermostats, being able to control the heating and hot water could safe you anything from £70 – £150 a year. It makes sense to turn off the heating in rooms that aren’t in use and to turn down the heating when rooms become too warm.
6. Insulation will play another big part in reducing the amount of heat lost from the house, check the insulation in your loft and if it is below 10 inches, top this levels up. A fully insulated loft will save you around £150 a year. Wall insulation is another consideration for homes built after 1920 as these homes were more than likely built with 2 layers of bricks leaving a gap in between. By filling this gap with wall insulation it helps keep the heat in the house.
7. Older homes will benefit from proper draught-proofing for doors and windows. Other areas that may need attention are the chimney, cracks in wooden floors and skirting boards.
8. New double glazed windows or triple glazed windows are far more energy efficient than single paned windows. Buy and install the most energy efficient windows you can afford.
9. Old external doors do not maintain the heat in your home look to replace front and back doors with new composite door.
10. Replace your old boiler. Replacing an old G-rated boiler with a new A-rated condensing boiler with a full set of heating controls can cut your heating bill by up to a quarter.