Energy saving and eco-friendliness are hot topics right now. With the government setting up new rules and regulations (such as Boiler Plus) which promote energy conservation, many homeowners are seeking to adopt a more cost-effective and environmentally aware lifestyle*.
If you think you could do with toning down on your household’s energy usage, here’s a list of the top 5 ways we believe you could save energy at home:
- Install an A-rated boiler – Getting an A-rated combi boiler installed into your home is typically a great way of saving energy. Most modern boilers are condensing, which means that they are designed to recover and reuse as much energy as possible, potentially preventing excessive energy wastage. Some new boilers also have key features such as user-friendly controls and smart thermostat compatibility which are designed to make controlling and monitoring your central heating system quick and easy tasks. You could therefore keep a close eye on your home heating settings and ensure that it is not in use when it needn’t be.
- Insulation – There are plenty of areas within your home that could be insulated. This includes your walls, roof, loft and floors. Insulation generally helps reduce unwanted heat loss or heat gain by providing a barrier between inside your home and the conditions outside to help keep temperatures constant. This could help you save energy as your appliances potentially won’t have to work as hard to keep your home at your desired temperature.
- Replace your lightbulbs – According to the Energy Saving Trust, lighting contributes to 15% of the average household’s electricity bill. By switching to energy-efficient lightbulbs such as Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) and Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs), which typically require less wattage, you could conserve more energy and potentially save up to £35 a year on your electricity bills (Energy Saving Trust).
- Get a smart thermostat – Smart thermostats are intelligent devices which are designed to connect to your home heating system and provide a more convenient way of heating your home. Smart thermostats, such as those manufactured by brands link Nest or Netatmo, have built-in motion sensors which are designed to monitor your central heating habits to create daily heating schedules that fit your lifestyle. In addition to this, these smart gadgets are also designed to be compatible with most smartphones and tablets, so you could access and control your heating whilst on the go! You could never have to worry about leaving your heating on again!
- Turn off appliances that aren’t in use – Not only could this be one of the best ways of saving energy in your home, but it’s also generally the easiest! Ensuring that you turn off your appliances when you’re not using them is not only a quick and easy task, but it could also cost nothing to do. According to a 2014 article by the Energy Saving Trust, Britain could save £1.7 billion a year by switching their appliances off of standby, with each home apparently having the potential to save around £30 a year (Energy Saving Trust). Turning your appliances off of standby could be a quick fix for homeowners looking to reduce their household energy bills.
Reducing your energy wastage could not only benefit you and your finances, but it could also have a positive impact on the environment. Reducing your carbon footprint and lowering your energy bills are amongst the list of potential advantages that could come with trying any of our 5 tips*. Making the decision to try one (or all of them) could be the first step to you saving energy in your home and boosting your property’s energy-efficiency.
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