Top Tips on Making your Home more Energy Efficient in 2019
No more acute is the need to improve your home’s energy efficiency than in winter. As your heating bills soar, you want to be certain that you’re not wasting your money heating an inefficient home.
For most homes, the largest energy cost comes from heating and yours is likely to be the same.
So, to make sure you can effectively heat your home and save some money on your heating bills, here are some our tips to help you:
Heating Efficiency Tips
1 – Ensure your roof is insulated
Heat rises, this is a known fact, so your roof is perhaps the most important part of your home to make sure is properly insulated. Heat rising from your radiators will permeate through your ceiling and make its way to the loft and from there through the roof and out into the air.
If you haven’t got good insulation, you’re paying money to heat your loft and your roof. Not a good use of your resources, we think you’ll agree. Professional insulation engineers can help, but the first thing to do is make sure there’s good insulation on the floor of your loft, keeping the heat inside your home.
2 – Don’t heat your house when you’re out
Adopt the habit of reducing your thermostat temperature whenever you’re going out. Modern smart meters and internet-linked thermostats allow you to adjust the temperature of your home remotely. So, even if you went out and left the heating on, you can turn it off without having to go back home to do it.
The simple step of getting into this habit can make a dramatic impact on your bills.
3 – Make sure your windows are sealed
Double-glazing can fail, if it does heat will again escape through them. Even functioning double glazing windows can have major heat leakage. Poorly fitted or damaged frames will allow heat to bleed out, sometimes at an alarming rate.
If you can feel a draft when you’re by your closed windows, then you’re losing heat. You can buy weather stripping from most DIY shops and dramatically improve them before you consider getting them totally replaced!
4 – Don’t use space heaters
Though they can make a room very quickly warm and cosy in a short space of time, they are very inefficient energy consumers. In fact, electrical heating is the most expensive form of heating used in domestic residences.
5 – Consider a biomass boiler
Biomass boilers are energy efficient, with low running costs and cheap fuel. Furthermore, by installing one you could potentially qualify for the government’s RHI scheme which could see you earning an income from heating your home or business.
Biomass is clean, carbon-neutral energy sourced from sustainable forests. So, not only would you be helping your pocket, you’d also be helping the environment too!
6 – Draught proofing
Heat escapes from your home wherever there is a draught. In fact, a draught is caused by the suction effect as hot air escapes from your home and cold air is drawn in to replace it. Be certain to check your home for draughts and seal up any gaps, cracks or loose frames. You’ll be amazed at the difference this can make!
Other Energy Saving Tips
Use Energy Efficient Lights
Energy saving lights are not a new concept, in fact, you’ve probably had some in your home in some way before. The older ones were very dull, didn’t light a room well and didn’t give constant light levels. However, new energy saving light bulbs are far more user-friendly and are a significant improvement on their predecessors.
You can save approximately £6.40 per year, per bulb. Meaning that if you replaced 20 of the bulbs in your home with energy saving LEDs you could save £128 per year!
Energy Efficient Appliances
Modern appliances are required to adhere to strict energy standards. Older ones are not. Some appliances go even further by marketing themselves as “energy efficient” but the truth is, most new appliances will be more energy efficient than old ones. Your kettle for example will use far more energy if its an old cheap one, a newer, better kettle will save you money.
For more information on energy efficiency or to ask us about a biomass boiler, please get in touch with us today!