Nowadays, ensuring your home is energy efficient is both encouraged and desirable. By making just a few simple changes to your home you can cut your energy usage dramatically as well as slash the price of your energy bills. Many households use far more energy than is necessary for their homes. In this day and age we have both the knowledge and technology to have eco friendlier homes.
I’ve put together a list of 4 ways which will help you make your home more energy efficient.
- Upgrade Your Insulation
The two major ways in which energy escapes a building are through the walls and the windows. insulation is used to reduce the amount of energy which seeps through the walls. All homes are built with insulation in the walls and loft but in many homes, especially those which are over 30 years old, the insulation will be less efficient than newer types of insulation. Upgrading your insulation will cost between £300 and £400 but could save you up to £350 a year on your heating bills, an investment that is definitely worth the initial cost.
- Replace Your Windows
As well as poor insulation, the type of windows you use are also a crucial factor when conserving energy. If you haven’t already got double glazing windows installed do it as soon as possible. The effects are felt instantly as less heat escapes, the room will feel warmer and need less energy to heat it sufficiently. Advances in the design of windows means that nowadays it is even possible to get triple glazed windows installed. Not only does triple glazing reduce energy wastage, it also keeps out noise. Handy if you live on a busy road or near an airport. For an average sized two bedroom house it will cost around £2000 to install triple glazing.
- Use Energy Efficient Appliances
Appliances use far more energy than you would expect. Simple things like boiling a kettle can use up a magnitude of energy. Advances in technology paired with government funding and encouragement to create eco friendlier devices, means that there are now a number of energy saving appliances. Keep your eye peeled for the HE logo. This means that the product has energy saving qualities. Pricier than regular appliances, these products will cost more but like all energy saving techniques mentioned in this blog, will save you money in the long run.
- Upgrade Your Heating System
Upgrading your heating system is a sure way of reducing your energy bills. In central heating systems, energy escapes through the boiler via the flu. If your boiler is more than ten years old it is advisable that it is replaced. As well as boilers, radiators are a means in which energy can be preserved. Advances in the design and technology used to make radiators means that there are now a number of different energy saving options like the aluminium radiator range from Trade Radiators. Aluminium radiators are particularly good at preserving heat as they are able to heat a room faster and retain the heat for longer than regular steel radiators.