It’s almost the season to be jolly! But unfortunately it’s also the season for big bills and high-energy consumption, none of which make anyone particularly jolly. The rising cost of both gas and electric may have got you thinking about what you can do to make your home more energy efficient. This is great, and there are many things you can actively do to bring your bills down, and help save the planet at the same time. There are ideas below to suit all budgets, so there’s no excuse to delay:
There are a few things you can do in your home that cost nothing, such as turning off lights when you leave a room, and making sure all the sockets are off at the wall. Having electric appliances on standby, rather than completely off, costs an additional £50-90 a year. Similarly, you could save around £65 a year just by turning your thermostat down 1 degree – that’s 280kg of carbon dioxide!
For just a few pounds you could go a little further with greening-up your home. Invest in energy saving light bulbs, for all your fittings. They are no longer any more expensive than normal bulbs and will save heaps of energy per year. While you’re touring your house fitting light bulbs, check every little crack and nook for drafts. Keyholes, the edges of windows, ill-fitting doors and wall vents are all culprits for letting heat escape. Grab some draft excluders and keyhole covers for a cheap way to make every last drop of energy you pump into your home count.
Middle of the road
If you want to invest a little in energy-proofing your home, but don’t have tonnes of cash spare at this time of year, then try one of the mid-priced improvements. Fitting a room thermostat is a popular option among those looking to save on their heating bill, as it gives you greater control on the heat you are using. You could also look at insulating your loft to the recommended 270mm. Even if you have some insulation already, it is worth checking how thick this is and topping it up if required. You’ll lose less heat through your roof and therefore stop paying to send all your energy up to the clouds.
Of course, if you want to make a real difference to the energy consumption levels in your home, the old adage may well apply – you have to speculate to accumulate. Make sure you can afford it first by working out your income and outgoings, and also checking your free credit report (visit site), should you need to borrow to fund the work. Arguably the biggest job you can undertake is cavity wall insulation. This can cost around £500 pounds, but if your house was built after 1920 this is a job that is worth doing, as it can save you £140 a year. Consider replacing your white goods too. Old washing machines and fridges waste more energy than they use and newer models are designed with green living in mind. Plus, of course, double glazing is a popular but expensive way to keep energy and heat from escaping out of the window.
Whether you’re looking to do work to the structure of your home in order to make it more eco friendly, or simply want to do a few odd jobs, there are many great ways you can reduce your energy consumption in the home, so start today for a greener tomorrow!