What are the top 5 ways to save energy at home? Becoming more energy aware and energy efficient is not only good for the environment, it’s also good for your bank balance too.
It’s worth considering an energy efficient survey for your home as a way to identify areas of energy inefficiency, and also to help you with ideas and advice on how to cut your fuel costs and save you money in the long term. Property Damage UK are experienced in delivering quality energy efficient surveys to home owners who want to get the most from their livingenvironments.
From cutting the amount of gas and electricity you use, to simple steps like identifying the areas in your property that may be causing draughts, our advice will help you save money and make your home more comfortable in the long run.
5 Ways to Save Energy At Home
Here are five simple but effective ways in which you can save energy at home after undertaking an energy efficiency survey.
Turn Your Thermostat Down
According to the Energy Saving Trust, simply reducing the temperature of a room by as little as one degree Celsius can help to cut home heating bills by up to £75, annually. If not already installed in your home, a room thermostat, programmer and radiator valves with thermostatic control could help to save you even more money on your energy bills.
Once installed, heating controls means that you have the ability to:
Control heating and hot water to turn on and off at times that suit you
Heat only the parts of a home that are being used
Have different parts of the home set to different temperatures
These functions will help you keep your home at a temperature that’s comfortable for everyone, without wasting any heat or energy and costing more than is necessary.
Consider installing smart thermostats. They have many benefits and are a definite consideration if you are already energy savvy, know the demands of your lifestyle and that you’d prefer a more advanced system than traditional heating controls.
These gadgets can allow you to operate your heating remotely and via the internet.
Some now have increasingly sophisticated features such as being able to adjust temperature according to the weather forecast or learning your daily routine and adjust settings to fit in with that.
OptFor Energy Efficient Appliances
If you’re getting ready to replace essential home appliances such as washing machines, tumble dryers or fridge/freezers then select the most energy efficient models and re-evaluate their use (this is more relevant to washing machines and tumble dryers).
It’s estimated that on average, the running cost for a washing machine will vary between £15 and £69 per annum. Choosing how and when you run that appliance during the day can help save money and reduce energy consumption. For instance, only using the washing machine when there is a full load to go in there and keeping the washing temperature for clothes at 40 degrees Celsius or lower.
Only use a tumble dryer when absolutely necessary and instead, opt to dry outdoors, or in a well ventilated area within the home instead. If using a dryer is a must, use economy settings to dry garments and keep the appliance on for the shortest length of time possible.
Stop Draughts in the Home
An energy efficiency survey from a professional company like Property Damage UK will help identify areas in the home from which heat is escaping. The following places in the home may be trouble spots for draughts:
Windows. It might help to use draught-proofing strips around the frames.
Doors. Affix draught-proofing strips to any gaps around the edges of doors and around the bottom, use brush or hinged flap draught excluders.
Chimneys and fireplaces. If a fireplace is not in use, fit a cap over the chimney pot. If you don’t use your fireplace, it’s best to seek professional advice about the best way to cover it up. Don’t attempt to do this yourself as you could inadvertently cause rebound issues with damp and mould.
Floorboards. Floorboards need an element of flexibility in them, so if you want to fill in any gaps use a flexible silicone-based filler. Again, you may want to seek professional advice before going ahead with this.
Loft spaces. To prevent hot air escaping into loft spaces, seal these properly with the use of draught-proofing foam strips.
Invest in an Energy Efficient Boiler
It’s estimated that more than more than half of what a household spends on energy in a year goes on heating, so if you’re ready to replace or upgrade an older boiler, opting for a modern, energy efficient one will make a difference to your bills.
Installing heating controls, or a smart thermostat at the same time could save you even more money.
A new boiler can be costly, so if saving money is a priority, it is probably best to leave this until your current boiler is beyond economic repair.
If you’ve already replaced a boiler, to a newer, energy efficient type then make sure it is working at its most efficient. Ensure all radiators are working properly and use the boiler programmer so that the heating is only being used when it is really needed.
Home Insulation Savings
Loft and cavity wall insulation installation can save a great deal of money, depending on the size of your home. For instance, it’s estimated that laying loft insulation at a thickness of 270mm in a three bedroom semi-detached house, that previously had no insulation measures at all, could save in the region of over a hundred pounds a year. This is because less heat will be lost through the roof.
Cavity wall insulation can also save up to £150 per year in a house of the same size.
If you already have insulation in your home, check it’s depth. It may be worth topping it up to the industry recommended 270mm to save more money in the long term.
One other point to make is to replace any single glazed windows with double glazed ones to help reduce heat loss.
Energy Efficiency Surveys & Heat Loss Survey from Property Damage UK
Property Damage UK can help you with an energy efficiency and heat loss survey in your home, which will identify areas that need to be improved, and where savings can be made.
We use professional thermal imaging technology and tools to locate any areas of heat loss or sources of draughts in your home. We’ll provide you with a thorough written report and offer help and advice on how to go about making changes which could save you a lot of money long term.
For a professional, thorough Energy Efficiency & Heat Loss Surveythen contact Property Damage UK today!
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