Why is it important to save money on your energy bills?
Climbing energy bills show no signs of slowing down and carbon emissions a growing concern. It’s therefore no surprise that people are looking for new ways to save energy, lower bills and reduce their carbon footprint.
Fortunately, there are many steps you can take to impact how much energy you use and how much money is spent.
Today we are sharing are our essential energy saving tips. These can make a significant impact on your home’s energy efficiency and help you save towards buying a new home.
How to to save money on your energy bills
Insulate your home
A poorly insulated property means that you lose a considerable amount of the heat you pay for. This will result in a colder home, that costs more to keep warm. The best part about this is that it’s relatively inexpensive and will result in increased comfort and energy savings. It includes simple tasks like draught-proofing and adding insulation to your walls and roof.
Draughts are simply cold currents of air. We usually discover these around windows, doors, floorboards and pipework. Deal with these easily by using simple materials, such as draught excluders and draught excluding strips. These are very easy to install and can be located from local hardware stores.
Fill small gaps around pipework and plug sockets using silicone fillers. Fill more substantial gaps using expanding polyurethane foam, which will expand and dry hard.
Amazingly, a quarter of heat can be lost via the roof in an uninsulated home, therefore insulating the roof should be a top priority. Insulate the roof by laying down rolls of fibreglass wool, which is easy to source and install yourself.
Upgrade your boiler
If your boiler is over 10 years old, it’s likely to be old and inefficient. G-rated boilers can be as low as 50% efficient. This means that for every £1 you spend on heating, 50p is wasted.
New boilers are A-rated and feature condensing technology meaning that they are at least 90% efficient, so over time can save you a substantial amount on your heating costs just by replacing your boiler with a modern condensing model.
Switch to LEDs
Modern LED light bulbs are now just as bright as traditional halogens and energy saving light bulbs. These are available in a variety of sizes and different designs.
Not only do they look great, they last much longer than other types of bulbs and do not get as hot. In terms of energy savings, by replacing your entire home’s lighting with LED bulbs, you could save around £50 a year.
Use smart heating controls
The average person spends as much as 50% of energy bills on heating and hot water, so any savings you can make in this area will make a substantial difference.
By fitting smart heating controls into your home, you can take more control of your heating, reduce energy waste and ensure your money goes further. This includes a programmer, thermostatic radiator valves and astonishingly according to Energy Guide, this could save you as much as £75 a year and reduce your carbon emissions by 320kg.
It’s also worth noting that by simply turning your thermostat by one degree you could potentially save £60 a year.
Spend less time time in the shower
Having a shower is usually much cheaper in terms of energy costs than running a bath, however, the duration in which you shower can also have a big impact on costs. In fact, by spending just one minute less in the shower daily, you could save up to £18 a year on your bill. That’s for each person in the household.
For example, in the average sized 4 person household, you could save as much as £75 per year if everyone reduced their showering time by just one minute.
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Plus, you can find lots of tips, trends and inspiration for interiors here.
This guest post was written by John Morton, a UK based energy consultant, with over 10 years in the field.