Making your home more energy efficient will not only help to improve your impact on the environment, but also save you money on your household bills. So, how exactly can you make your home more energy efficient? We explore our top tips here.
Install energy-saving appliances
The first thing to do is look at the appliances you currently have in your home. Are they energy efficient? Or could you do with an upgrade? One of the most important appliances to consider is your boiler – as an energy-efficient system will hugely reduce the amount of energy you consume. If you want the most efficient, opt for one with an ‘A’ rating. You should also consider other appliances in your home, like air conditioning systems or ceiling fans. There are many simple swaps you can make to be more energy efficient, for instance choosing a ceiling fan with a DC motor rather than AC motor as they use much less energy. Companies like Allied Electronics sell a large variety of DC motors you could consider.
Invest in quality insulation
Another important step in making your home more energy efficient is ensuring there’s sufficient insulation. This is because homes that have poor insulation will lose heat much faster than those with decent insulation, and therefore require a much higher amount of energy to keep warm. This is particularly important in the winter months! Focus on installing good quality insulation in your loft, and if you don’t already, get double glazed windows throughout the house. You’d be surprised what a big difference they make to the amount of heat that stays in!
Consider more green alternatives
As you work to make your home more efficient, think about any greener alternatives that would work for you. For example, could you have solar panels fitted to your home to reduce the amount of energy you use from the National Grid? Or could you replace your shower head with an energy-efficient model that reduces the amount of water you use? The Energy Saving Trust say that in Britain, we “spend around £2.3 billion on heating water for showers” and our “dishwashers and washing machines cost £1.6 billion in electricity”. By making changes to more eco-friendly alternatives like solar panels, water-saving shower heads and green washing machine cycles, you can drastically reduce the amount of energy you use and the cost of your bills.
Why not take your first step to a more energy efficient home today?