How to make your home more energy efficient
5 tips to create an energy-efficient home
Everyone knows that making your home more energy-efficient can save you money in the long run, especially on your gas and electricity bills.
Install good insulation
We’ll start with one of the more pricey methods of saving energy in your home, and that’s having good quality insulation installed throughout your home. This can come in the form of internal, external or cavity insulation and depends on the type of walls your house is built with. If your home has cavity walls then insulation can easily be pumped in, whereas applying insulation to the exterior or interior of your home can be much more complicated.
Installing insulation to attics is also a great way to reduce heat loss in the home as heat will rise up through the house and escape through any gaps.
Lowering your thermostat
A simple yet effective method of saving on energy usage. By lowering your thermostat by even a few degrees can save you a significant amount on your energy bills. So next time you get chilly, instead of turning the thermostat up, put on a jumper and some fluffy socks, and think about the money you will be saving throughout the year by making that small change.
Switch to efficient light bulbs
This tip has been floating around for years and that’s because it is one of the easiest changes to make. These bulbs tend to last over ten times longer than standard bulbs while still using less electricity to run. Ones to look out for are compact fluorescent bulbs, LED bulbs and halogen incandescent bulbs. One main aspect is that these bulbs waste less energy through not getting as hot as regular bulbs, this means that they draw less electricity in order to produce light.
Energy efficient kitchen appliances
Kitchen appliances are often the biggest users of electricity due to the fact that they are on continuously. If you have appliances that have poor energy efficiency then you could be paying more in bills than needed. Investing in energy-efficient appliances can save you money in the long run, so do some research into the energy rating on your fridge, freezer, dishwasher, and even your kettle!
Energy efficient doors and windows
Ensuring that your doors and windows are free from gaps in the seal that allows warm air to escape from your home is a good place to start. To solve this problem all you will need is a tube of sealant, a flat blade to smooth it out and a steady hand. If you notice there are gaps where your window closes that is letting in a breeze, consider getting a roll of draught excluder that can be placed against the seal facing the outside.
Another, more long term, solution is to change your doors and windows completely. Choosing the right doors and windows for your home doesn’t just include their aesthetics- you also need to factor in how much heat can be lost and how this affects your energy usage.
Ranges such as the Smart’s Alitherm Windows and Designer Doors, are specifically designed to improve the thermal retention in your home through including high-quality insulation in all products.
Posted: May 18, 2020