Thursday, 28 April 2022

How to make your home more energy efficient

How energy efficient is your home? With energy prices rising, finding effective ways to boost your home’s energy efficiency is an essential way to reduce your running costs. In this blog we’ll look at a few easy home improvements that can help you and your family to make your home more energy efficient, saving you money and the planet.

Replace your windows with energy efficient aluminium windows

Replacement windows can have a hugely positive effect on your home’s thermal performance. When it comes to replacement windows, there are three main materials to choose from: uPVC, timber, and aluminium. Aluminium windows are an excellent choice for improving energy efficiency. Using thermal break technology, they help to keep warm air inside your home and stop cold air from getting through your windows. What’s more, aluminium is a 100% recyclable material. Many aluminium windows are made from recycled aluminium and when an aluminium window comes to the end of its life, it can be recycled and reused over and over again. To give you an idea of the savings you can make with replacement windows, it’s worth visiting your local window, door, and conservatory showroom.

Improve your home insulation

Making sure your home is insulated effectively is a great way to improve energy efficiency. Loft insulation, wall insulation, and floor insulation can all play a part in trapping warm air inside your home. That being said, there are some other quick and budget-friendly ways you can improve your home’s insulation. Placing draft excluders by your doors and hanging thick curtains can help to keep heat in, and cold out. Have a look around your home to see how well insulated it really is.

Turn off your devices save money and energy

Turning off and unplugging your devices, such as your TV and game consoles, is a really quick and easy way to reduce your energy consumption and lower your bills. Try to create a new habit of turning these items off, as opposed to leaving them on standby.

Upgrading your appliances to modern energy efficient models can also significantly improve your home’s energy efficiency. When it’s time to replace your washing machine, oven, fridge freezer, or dishwasher, look for the EPC rating. All appliances are rated on a scale of A – G with A being the most energy efficient. Always try to choose an A rated appliance to help reduce your home energy bills, cut carbon emissions, and do your bit to protect the planet.

Wash your clothes at a lower temperature

By washing clothes at a cooler temperature, and with a full load, you will be saving a lot of water and electricity. By washing your clothes at 30 degrees rather than higher temperatures, you could save up to around 40% of energy used each year. Today, modern washing detergent and powders work just as effectively at lower temperatures so you can enjoy fresh clean clothes whilst saving money and energy.

Take a shorter shower to save energy

One other really easy hack to save you money and improve energy efficiency, is to reduce the time you spend in the shower. The average shower time in the UK is 8 minutes, but cutting that down to just 5 or 6 minutes could save you around £20 per year.

As you can see, there are so many ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency, these are just a few tips and tricks to get your started. There’s never been a better time to make some changes and create new money saving habits. What’s your favourite energy saving hack?

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