Do you wonder what you can do to keep your energy usage down during the colder months? We have put together some energy saving tips to improve your efficiency:
Have you got suitable insulation?
A huge amount of heat can escape from your home if you have a poorly insulated roof or walls so it is important to maximise your insulation. It is one of the best ways to reduce heat loss resulting in lower energy bills. Make sure you consider all your insulation options. Install good quality loft insulation throughout your loft. Also check your property walls and install cavity wall insulation if needed. Keep in mind loft and cavity wall insulation can be costly but there are grants available to some homeowners of a certain criteria that could help with the costs.
Have you blocked out the draughts?
Heat can escape in many directions of your property causing draughts around your windows, doors, floor, chimney and letterbox. Make sure you draught proof all areas to keep heat loss to a minimum. Make sure you fill any gaps between your floorboards and skirting boards. Draught-proofing strips can be used around your windows, doors and frames. Make sure you seal any cracks that appear. Purchase a draught excluder if you have a gap between the floor and the bottom of your door. Curtains can be a great way to prevent heat loss so make sure you close them at dusk to add another layer of insulation. For the best results purchase thick curtains with a thermal lining. Consider installing a chimney draught excluder or if you no longer use your chimney you can have it professionally capped.
Have you switched to LED lighting?
Your lighting choices are an important factor to save energy. LED lights are bright, energy saving and last longer than regular bulbs. There is a wide range of LED lights available on the market to replace your regular bulbs. A simple but effective way to save energy is to remember to turn your lights off when you leave a room. This habit will help reduce your energy bills slightly but remember every little helps.
Have you switched your appliances off standby?
If you leave your electrical appliances on standby you will be using energy so remember to turn your appliances off. Keep in mind a few appliances may require power at all times due to programming such as a television recorder so check the instructions.
Have you remembered your kitchen appliances?
There are many ways you can save energy in your kitchen. Consider cooking in a pressure cooker which usually takes less time than the oven. Keep in mind the most efficient way to cook or heat food is by using the microwave. Don’t forget to check the energy labels when purchasing a new appliance. Make sure you choose energy efficient models to reduce the annual running costs. Try to measure the water in the kettle with the amount you need rather than boiling a full kettle. You can also purchase an eco kettle which uses less power. A timed extractor fan can ensure you do not leave the fan on when it isn’t needed. Finally when washing up try to use a bowl instead of running a tap to reduce the energy used.
Have you got double glazed windows?
Energy efficient windows can make a big difference to your annual energy bills so make sure you have them fitted. Remember to do your research before purchasing new windows to ensure you purchase the type of window most suited to your house. It is an investment and will save you money in the long term.
Do you watch your energy consumption?
An energy monitor is the easiest way to review your energy consumption. Smart heating controls can help you take control and understand your energy usage. It’s a great way to remind you to reduce your usage. Make sure you understand how your energy controls work and how to use them efficiently. Try to turn your thermostat down to save energy; it doesn’t have to be much but it will reduce your annual energy bill. Make sure you use your heating timer and think ahead when setting it.
Have you upgraded your boiler?
If you have an inefficient boiler it will be using a considerable amount of energy to run which will be adding to your energy bills. You can check how energy efficient your boiler is by the scale located on the boiler which is an A to G scale. If your boiler is at the lower end of the scale which is G then it is worth purchasing a new boiler which will save you money in the long term. The new boiler will use less energy, producing the same amount of heat and will most likely have fewer issues during the winter months.
We would love to hear how you keep your energy usage down. Post in the comments below.