Current news is dominated by climate change and how we all need to be more energy efficient. Add to this the rising cost of energy and the fact that many households are struggling to pay their bills, and it’s easy to see why people are desperately looking for ways to cut costs and conserve fossil fuels.
But there’s one area where making small changes can greatly impact the amount of energy you use – in the home. Whether you live in a large detached or in a compact apartment, it’s easy to increase your energy efficiency.
Turn your heating down
It might sound obvious but reducing the thermostat by a degree or two can have a greater impact than you might think, especially over a period of months. Whist you might like being warm and cosy in your home when it’s below zero outside, decreasing the temperature by just a little can help save you energy and money.
Add roof and loft insulation
Heat in a home is often lost through the roof, so adding loft or roof insulation can help keep the house warmer. External walls that are not insulated are also at risk of escaping heat so it’s worth investing in this area.
It’s also a good idea to insulate your ground floor to avoid losing extra heat.
Switch off appliances
Many people assume that leaving appliances on standby won’t make a difference to their energy usage. But it’s surprising how it can add up.
Make a habit of turning off items at the plug such as televisions, hairdryers, radios and all kitchen appliances.
Replace windows and doors
If you have a draughty room, there’s a chance that your windows or doors are not functioning as they should. Some gaps can be filled in or you can add draught-proof strips to help with the issue. But if your windows or doors are old and worn, you might want to consider replacing them and fitting new ones.
Although this can be costly, it’s a worthwhile investment if it means retaining more heat in the home and reducing the cost of your bills.
Switch off radiators when not in use
If there are any rooms which you don’t use, or only use occasionally, try and remember to turn off the radiators when they’re not needed to avoid unnecessary energy usage.
Whilst these tips offer some easy ways to help reduce the energy use within your home, it’s important to seek advice if you’re still struggling to pay your bills. There are a number of schemes and benefits that you could be entitled to that might reduce your costs.