Energy Saving Tips
Energy Saving Tips to help make your home more efficient and cost effective.
Saving energy is great for the environment and can help you save money, but with so many options to choose from it can be confusing to know where to start. We’ve put together ten top tips from small lifestyle changes to bigger energy saving initiatives to help save energy in your home.
1. Turn it off
By turning off electrical and electronic appliances that aren’t in use, you could save money.
2. Use appliances more carefully
By using appliances in a more sensible way, you could save money and lower bills:
- Do one less washing cycle a week and try to do full loads instead of half loads.
- Use a bowl to wash dishes instead of leaving a tap running.
- Only fill your kettle with the correct amount of water you wish to use.
3. Shower usage
If your shower takes water straight from your boiler or hot water tank, instead of from an electric shower, you may want to consider fitting a water efficient shower head.
4. Draught excluders and silicone
Could help you to protect your home from draught, from windows, doors, gaps in the flooring and for chimneys if you don't use it on a regular basis, you could use a chimney balloon, but you'll need to ensure you leave some room for ventilation.
5. Heating controls
Set your boiler correctly, no matter how old is it, it could save you money, if you:
- Set your heating to switch on and off when you need it
- Only heat areas you use
- Manage the temperature of each room
6. Loft insulation
You could make your home warmer by installing at least 270mm of loft insulation or topping up existing insulation to 270mm, this may help to save money by lowering your heating bills during the year.
LED spotlights are a more energy efficient way of lighting your home and come in a variety of shapes, sizes and fittings. If you replaced all old-fashioned bulbs with a compact fluorescent lamp (CFL), and all halogens with LED’s, you could help save money on your energy bills.
8. Wall insulation
Depending on when your home was built you may have either cavity or solid walls. By insulating your walls you could save money - keeping in heat and saving energy. The cost of insulation can vary depending on what walls you have - solid, cavity or non standard and if you need external or internal insulation.
9. Renewable energy
Is energy that comes from resources which are naturally replenished, such as sunlight, wind and rain. The energy that comes from the sun for example can be collected from solar panels and can then be used to provide energy for your home.
Solar panels savings depend on how much time you spend in your home. Installation and system sizes vary so it’s important to get at least three quotes from accredited installers - It’s worth exploring renewable heating technologies, not only will your house save energy, it may also receive additional income for the energy produced.
The governments FIT scheme is now closed to new applicants but you may eligible for the Smart Export Guarantee which is due to begin in January 2020.
10. Increasing your homes energy performance
There are a number of ways you can improve the energy performance of your home; you could insulate walls and floors, upgrade windows and doors or add a new heating system. Although you may incur some costs, you may also be eligible to benefit from a government grant to help finance some of these improvements.
You may also be interested in our Home Insurance. Your mortgage lender will usually insist that buildings cover is in place and adding contents cover can give added peace of mind when it comes to protecting your home and possessions inside.
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