In the midst of the cost-of-living crisis, it’s safe to say we’re all looking at ways we can save money on soaring energy bills each month.
With this in mind, we’re sharing our advice on how to save energy at home. It’s surprising how small changes can make a big difference. Plus, conserving energy around your home has an added environmental benefit too.
From home improvements to simple habits, here are our top winter home energy saving tips to try this winter.
Before you start making changes, it’s worth assessing the problem areas properly first. A professional can analyse where you might be losing heat and where you might be able to make a real impact, whether it’s replacing your boiler, filling gaps, or installing insulation. Then you’ll know where to focus your efforts.
A smart meter or monitor is a good idea for helping you save energy at home, simply because they make you more aware of your energy use. They will tell you how much energy you’re using and how much it is costing you per day. Being confronted with your daily use is a great incentive to use less, and remember to switch things off!
A more obvious way of losing heat is through holes! And draughts of air are never pleasant anyway, so it’s important to get these sealed up for your own comfort as well as for energy efficiency. You’ll usually find draughts around your windows and doors – especially if you live in an older house. It may be worth checking them regardless, just in case you have a draught you haven’t noticed.
If you can’t seal them up, or you live in a rented property, then heavy curtains are a great way of trapping air and preventing it from cooling the whole room.
The windows themselves could also be the source of the draught, which is why it’s important to consider double or triple glazing. It’ll make your home more comfortable, quieter and will reduce condensation on the inside of windows too.
Replace old electrical items with more efficient versions and you’ll find that your energy consumption goes down and bills are reduced without any change to your behaviour. For instance, replace standard bulbs with LEDs and you’ll soon find that they’ll last much longer and use less electricity.
The same goes for white goods. Your 8-year-old washing machine could be replaced with something that’s bigger, quieter and uses less electricity to do the same thing.
If you’re renting, then there are ways of using the items that you have more efficiently. For instance, it could be scraping the plates before they go in the dishwasher to aide an easy clean, or reducing the temperature you wash your clothes at.
Habits are really important when it comes to becoming more energy efficient. Often the simplest of things, it’s just getting into the habit of doing it that’s the tricky bit! Here are just a few suggestions:
With a few simple changes, you’ll soon see the benefits of being more mindful about your energy use.
Insulation can make a huge difference to the amount of energy you use. It’s one of the best ways to conserve energy, because if you’re losing heat through the loft, the walls, and the floor, you’ll be using much more energy to heat your home.
Insulation can be an expensive upfront cost, but it will make a difference to your bills each month and is a solid long-term investment. Here’s what you should consider:
Loft insulation is one of the easiest ways to install insulation, as it doesn’t require too much upheaval. Other forms of insulation are a little bit more difficult to install, but they could offer more energy-saving benefits.
You should also consider wall insulation, to ensure air isn’t escaping through your walls. There are two options when it comes to wall insulation:
Underfloor insulation is usually installed on the ground floor and upper rooms above unheated areas, like a garage.
Timber floors can be insulated relatively easily, which means that you can reduce costs by installing it yourself. Concrete floors are trickier, so this method would be best suited if you’re replacing the floor anyway.
Pipe insulation combined with the insulation of the hot water cylinder is cheap and easy to do. It keeps your hot water hot for longer, so your boiler doesn’t have to work as hard. DIY stores offer pipe insulation in a variety of sizes, so just make sure that you have accurate measurements for your particular pipes.
A more obvious way of losing heat is through holes and gaps causing draughts throughout your house. You’ll usually find draughts around your windows and doors – especially if you live in an older house.
To tackle draughts:
If you’re losing considerable heat through your windows and doors and your budget allows for it, new, modern windows and doors could be a worthy investment.
Old electrical appliances could also be contributing to high energy bills. Consider swapping out your old toaster and microwave for more efficient, modern versions, and you’ll likely find that your energy consumption goes down and bills are reduced.
For instance, replace standard bulbs with LEDs, and you’ll soon find that they’ll last much longer and use less electricity. The same goes for white goods. Your 8-year-old washing machine could be replaced with something that’s bigger, quieter and uses less electricity to do the same thing.
Habits are really important when it comes to becoming more energy efficient. Often the simplest of things can make a huge difference, it’s just getting into the habit of doing it that’s the tricky bit! Here are just a few suggestions:
Whether it’s installing insulation or simply trying to get into good habits, follow these energy-saving tips, and you should notice a reduction in your energy bill. Small savings soon add up, so even minor changes can make a difference over winter and the rest of the year.
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