When it comes to saving energy, there are quick and easy changes you can make which will have a big impact in the long term.
Making your home more energy efficient has a lot of advantages, the biggest of which is that you will decrease your spending on utilities by a significant amount. Adding to this the fact that you will lessen your environmental impact makes giving your home a ‘green-makeover’ a very attractive proposition.
Here are some of the best ways to make your home more energy efficient:
Low cost solutions
Turn things off: This is simple, just turn equipment off at the plug socket when it is not in use. Many devices still use a significant amount of power when on standby.
Lights should also be switched off when you are not in the room.
Draft excluders: The gaps around your doors and windows are a place where your home will be losing the most heat. Draft excluders are a simple fix. They are cheap to buy and can pay for themselves within as little as a year!
Other small gaps around your home can also be sealed up with silicone to save further money.
Wash at 30: Many modern washing powders are optimised to work at lower temperatures. Invest in one of these and turn the heat down; you will save money in the long run and your clothes will be just as clean!
Don’t overfill your kettle: If you are only making one cup of tea, there is no need to heat a full kettle of water. Fill it up to an appropriate level and boil only the water you need.
Mid Rage Solutions
Loft insulation: Heat rises. If it is rising up to a loft with inadequate insulation then it is literally rising right out of your roof. The recommended level of insulation is roughly 10 inches. If your house doesn’t meet this requirement then it is time to invest in some more.
Loft insulation isn’t too expensive, and keep in mind that it will pay for itself eventually.
Energy saving light bulbs: These last longer and use less power than traditional bulbs whilst still providing the same level of light. Energy saving bulbs now come in a variety of shapes and sizes, making them perfect for replacing your existing bulbs.
Cavity wall insulation: If you live in an older home, chances are your walls will not be sufficiently insulated. Cavity wall insulation is expensive, but the benefits are apparent from the first day it is installed.
Renewable energy: Installing a method of renewable energy generation such as solar panels or a wind turbine will allow you to generate your own free electricity. Government grants are available to make these methods more affordable, and any leftover energy you generate can be sold to an energy company for a profit!
From this list it is easy to see how small changes can make a big difference to your energy bills. Implement some of them and start saving today!