With plans to increase the price of domestic energy being announced by a number of the country’s leading energy providers, many people are looking for ways to make their homes more energy efficient and therefore save money on their energy bills as well as helping the environment.
Here are four tips on how you can achieve this.
Replace old appliances
As a general rule of thumb, the older an appliance is the less energy efficient it will be when compared to newer models. Lookout for appliances with Energy Star certificates; these are specially designed to consume minimal energy! Although it may seem like a substantial up front cost, in the long-term, you will notice the difference in your energy bill!
Use your appliances efficiently
Many people will ignore the user’s manual when they purchase a new appliance, but most appliances have energy saving settings. Making sure that you do full loads of clothes and waiting till you have a full dishwasher before starting a cycle can decrease the amount of energy you use on everyday tasks. Fridges and Freezers should be put on their optimum temperature, (again look in the user manual) and can represent big potential savings.
Switch light bulbs!
It’s a long time since the days of Thomas Edison, the inventor of the light bulb, and in this time, light bulbs have been subject to high levels of innovation in terms of how efficiently they consume energy. Simply switching from incandescent to fluorescent bulbs can be an inexpensive way to make big savings! Fluorescent light bulbs last up to 12 times longer than incandescent bulbs. Even switching just a few bulbs throughout your home can have a big impact on your overall energy usage, and the amount of money you shell out each month!
Revamp your windows
As well as being an important factor in ensuring your home is secure, windows can be one of the biggest factors in how much energy you waste. If you wake up and find your windows steamed up and condensed, that can be a tell-tale sign that your current windows are excreting energy at a high rate! Replacing them with double glazing or a different type of glass can represent huge savings in the home. For as little as £28 you can upgrade your windows, even keeping your existing frames if you’d like. This can also improve the overall EPC value of your property, which can make it more valuable when you decide it’s time to move.