Make your Home Eco-Friendly on a Budget

Make your Home Eco-Friendly on a Budget

Being energy efficient will not only help the environment, but will save you money in the long-run – most people know this, but they also think that making their homes more energy efficient will cost them a fortune. This doesn’t have to be the case.

There are plenty of ways you can make your home more eco-friendly without any huge up-front costs.

Insulate your loft
A quarter of heat is lost through the roof if your home is not insulated. Insulating your loft is an easy and effective way of reducing your heating bills and should pay for itself many times over.

Replace single-glazed windows with double-glazed windows
Double glazing will help to better insulate your home and, thus, will reduce your energy bills. Additionally, double glazing will reduce condensation, keep noise out and improve the security of your home as they are harder to break.

Choose timber framed windows over PVCu
Wooden frames are much more eco-friendly – PVCu production involves releasing toxic chemicals. Plus, wooden frames are more insulating, easier to repair, and last a really long time!

Switch to LED bulbs
Replacing your halogen bulbs with LED bulbs will help to reduce your electricity bills – you’ll pay a little more upfront but it will pay off in the long-run.

Buy thick curtains and rugs
Thick, quality curtains will act as a barrier between the window or door and room, preventing heat from escaping. Rugs serve the same purpose for the floor.

Lower your thermostat
Even turning down your thermostat by just 1 degree will save you money. Make sure you alter your thermostat throughout the different seasons and check that your heating isn’t on when it doesn’t need to be.

Block draughts around windows, chimneys, electrical fittings, doors, loft hatches, and floorboards
This is one of the cheapest and most effective ways of saving energy as it will help to prevent heat loss. You can buy draught-proofing strips, draught excluders and fillers for this job.

Buy eco-friendly appliances
For large appliances, such as washing machines, ovens, and dishwashers, choose one that has an energy rating of A or above. There are also smaller appliances on the market that are energy efficient, such as eco kettles that keep water hot for up to 4 hours after it’s been boiled!

Keep your property well-maintained
A lot of energy wastage is down to overdue maintenance. For example, simply clearing out your gutters and drains will stop walls being overly damp and cold.