Simple Steps to Creating an Energy Efficient Home
We all know moving home is expensive, so if you’ve just moved to your dream property in the countryside, you’ll probably be keen to make savings wherever you can.
We’ve teamed up with the money-saving moving site, reallymoving.com , to give you some top tips on how to make your new home more efficient.
1. Reduce Energy Consumption
Make a conscious effort to use less energy in your house, as eliminating demand for energy is the most cost effective and sustainable way of reducing your bills. You can save around £120i a year on your heating bill just by reducing your thermostat by a couple of degrees and choosing which rooms to heat. This applies to how you use your electrical appliances too. Make sure you turn the lights off when you leave a room, switch off chargers if they’re not in use and look for white goods and appliances with the best possible energy rating.
Even setting your washing machine to a colder wash and only boiling the kettle with the amount of water you need will help you save around £50i a year.
2. Energy Saving Equipment
- Energy saving light bulbs are a quick win when it comes to reducing energy around the home. Replace your old light fittings with the latest spec bulbs – LED bulbs are not only super-efficient, they offer a range of light effects (warm/cool) and can be dimmed – they’ll also last for years too!
- Fitting your shower with a water-efficient shower head can also contribute to improving the energy efficiency in your home over time. They help reduce the amount of hot water you use each day and are a cost-effective solution that can help cut your energy costs in the long run.
- Radiator heat reflectors are a great and inexpensive way to help improve energy efficiency. They work by reflecting heat from the back of the radiator, circulating it back into the room.
3. Roof and wall insulation
By ensuring your home is properly insulated, you can save around £120i a year on bills. Most of the heat inside your house is lost through the roof, so insulate your loft space to prevent energy escaping.
4. Draught-proofing your home
You can greatly improve your home’s efficiency rating just by draught-proofing the property. Start by checking for draughts by windows, doors, letterboxes and cracks in the walls. You can fix a draught yourself with a bit of DIY or employ a professional to do the work for you. Either way, you can save an extra amount of money each year on bills by keeping the heat inside your home.
5. Fitting energy efficient windows
A draughty window is one of the main culprits when it comes to losing the energy from inside your house. There are many options available, from double glazing and secondary glazing to fitting a plastic film – all of which can greatly improve the energy efficiency throughout your household.
6. Installing an energy efficient heating system
If you’ve gone to great lengths to make eco-friendly changes around your home, then it might be time to consider updating your boiler. All your efforts at improving the energy efficiency in your house will go to waste if your boiler is old and inefficient, especially as they account for nearly two thirds of energy spend every year.
A new boiler can cost around £2,500i, but an A-rated model can help you save £230ii a year on bills – making it a great investment in the long run.
Replacing your boiler can also be the perfect time to consider switching to an alternative fuel. For example, if you live off the mains gas grid and have inherited an old oil boiler with your property, you may find that switching to a more modern, cleaner and efficient alternative, such as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) or renewables could be a wise choice.
7. Switching fuel
If you’ve relocated to an off-grid area, with no access to mains gas, your fuel options will be slightly different and there are several alternative fuels available – some more energy-efficient than others.
Oil, electricity, coal, pellets and wood are a few types you can choose from, along with the more versatile option of LPG. LPG offers a range of benefits for off-grid homes and is becoming increasingly popular, especially as it produces far fewer carbon emissions and pollutants than other off-grid fossil fuels.
As well as heating your home and providing hot water, LPG can power your gas cooker and gas fire. LPG from Calor offers a variety of benefits, like top-up technology which monitors the LPG levels in your tank. When LPG levels are low, delivery drivers are sent to top you back up again so you should never have to worry about running out.
8. Make small changes in your home
- Grow your own vegetables– By just planting a few of your own vegetable crops, you can grow a constant supply of organic produce that’s nutritious and cost-effective. Home grown produce is a great way to improve your energy efficiency and enjoy the benefits of your garden at the same time.
- Use green cleaning products -For eco-friendly and conscious cleaners, there are some great alternatives to chemical cleaning products on the market nowadays. Whether you’re creating them yourself with lemon juice, vinegar and bicarbonate of soda, or purchasing shop-bought ecological detergents and non-toxic products, there are a variety of ways to improve your carbon footprint around the home.
- Soft furnishings – If you’re consciously making an effort to keep your energy bills down, it’s a good idea to invest in some heavy-duty curtains, rugs and soft furnishings for your home. By adding these accessories, you’ll be able to turn down the heating whilst keeping snug and warm.
There are many reasons why it’s important to recycle, from helping the environment and saving energy to reducing landfill – and even saving money!
Up to 60% of our household kitchen waste can be recycled, and for green fingered gardeners, home composting is a great way to take advantage of nature’s very own recycling service.
Recycling doesn’t just apply to food waste either, as there are lots of household items that need to be disposed of properly. These often include glass bottles, batteries and electrical items that can’t just be thrown away. Donate your unwanted clothes to charity and think about items that can be reused and repurposed throughout your home – you’ll be leading a greener lifestyle in no time!