Owning a property with recent increases in the cost of living, particularly with the recent increase in the energy cap, costs a lot of money. Although buying one is the ultimate expensive payment, keeping your water, gas and electricity running also have high costs. Energy use in buildings is one of the largest sources of energy consumption there is. In this blog, we want to share with you some ways that can embrace energy efficiency within the home.
British weather has made it so that we tend to spend more on our heating than people in other countries might, especially in the winter. Here is how you can try to conserve some of that heat:
- Bleed your radiators once a year to ensure that they are working to their fullest capacity, saving you from turning the heat up too high
- Boiler designs have been embracing energy efficiency in recent years and are continuing to develop positively in this way. Look at your current boiler and see if it might be time for an upgrade, particularly as the boiler is such as crucial part of your heating
- If you have the option to, set timers on your central heating, so you know when it should be putting out its highest heat and when you want to switch it off, such as when you’re at work
One way to keep heat within your home is to increase your insulation, either in your walls, floors or roof.
- Insulating your walls is a risky and expensive project to undertake, so consider it with care. However, it has multiple benefits such as better conservation of the heat in your home, it can reduce the damp and condensation in your property and even has the potential to increase lifespan of your property’s exterior
- You can insulate your floors yourself or hire a professional. If you decide to do it yourself, know that you don’t have to insulate the entire floor and instead, you can simply fill any gaps or cracks that you can find where heat is escaping from
- A quarter of your heat escapes through uninsulated roofs. Although it may be expensive to put in, attic insulation can last up to forty years if installed properly, making it a worthwhile investment. It could even benefit you in other ways like storage.
- It is worth bearing in mind that you may have to check with your local council before you start to plan these projects to see if it is allowed at your property
Changing a lightbulb can be one of the fastest ways for you to become energy efficient:
- Light-Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs can produce light for longer, while using less energy
- LEDs are also the most cost-effective lightbulb for this reason
- Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL) lightbulbs are also excellent for energy efficiency, but have a shorter lifespan and put out less light than LEDs
So far, we have looked at changes you can make around your home to help run it with energy efficiency in mind. The same consideration should be carried forward into using your utilities and appliances too.
- Make sure you switch off everything you aren’t using – don’t just switch off the appliance itself or leave it on standby, but switch off the socket it’s plugged into as well
- Research before you buy – look into buying more eco-friendly brands, as these will be the ones that have taken the time to research how their product can use less energy than its competitors, often in a way that equals or outperforms the amount of power that similar products produced by competitors do
- Give your appliances a break – try hanging your washing outside to dry rather than use a tumble dryer or leave frozen food somewhere safe to defrost naturally for a few hours, rather than sticking it straight in a microwave or oven to warm it to a normal temperature
If you have children who have grown up and moved out, or your current home is taking up too much time and money to maintain, you may have considered downsizing your property. Moving to a smaller home can be practical for several reasons, but can also help you to be energy efficient:
- Although there hasn’t been a lot of research on the relationship between downsizing and energy efficiency, downsizing has proven to be positive for several reasons. The most popular reason is that it costs less to own and use energy in a smaller building
- While moving to a smaller property may be cost effective, to fulfil its true potential in money saving and energy efficiency, take the time to ensure that your new property is designed to conserve energy. You can do this by checking there are no cracks around doorways or windows that are letting heat escape, for example. Does the property have an EPC (energy performance certificate).
- As part of your downsizing, take the time to declutter and get rid of anything you don’t want. Getting rid of old or outdated electricals you don’t need or rarely use can also help
With these tips, you should be able to go around your home and consider with ease where you will be able to make changes that will benefit your home and your pocket.
- 9 Ways to Cut Your Energy Bills While Keeping Your House Warm This Winter: https://www.whitehorsesurveyors.co.uk/looking-after-your-home/9-ways-to-cut-your-energy-bills-while-keeping-your-house-warm-this-winter/
- Make Your Home Eco-Friendly on a Budget: https://www.whitehorsesurveyors.co.uk/looking-after-your-home/make-your-home-eco-friendly-on-a-budget/
- Downsizing: What Are the Benefits and Limitations? https://www.whitehorsesurveyors.co.uk/moving-home/downsizing-what-are-the-benefits-and-limitations/