If every home took small steps to be more eco-friendly then think of the difference we could make for our planet. Not only would we make a significant impact on our environment, but it could also have a significant impact on our energy bills.
The task of saving the planet can seem overwhelming. But there are a few simple things that you can do at your place to make your home more energy efficient. They are…
1: Check Your Insulation
Insulation is an energy efficient way of keeping your home warm in the colder months and cool in the warmer months. Without the correct insulation in your home the heat quite literally disappears. Check that you have adequate insulation in your walls, but also in your roof cavity.
2: Check Doors and Windows
Drafts and ineffective seals can cause your home to be cold and damp. It also reduces the effectiveness of your heating. Check your window and door seals to see that there are no cracks or gaps. Fill any cracks and apply draft excluder tap to any gaps. A long term solution is replacing your existing windows with double glazed ones. Double glazing reduces noise pollution and increases energy efficiency in your home.
3: Choose An Energy Efficient Heat Source
While fan heaters can keep your feet toasty warm, they require a huge amount of energy to run. Something like a heat pump or a fireplace are far more energy efficient options. They use less power and generate better all round heat for your home.
4: Consider Carpet
Wooden floors look lovely, but they can be drafty. Carpet insulates your floors to stop those drafts creeping in. If you don’t want to fully commit to carpet, then you can choose some large rugs in your common areas as an alternative.
5: Fit Your Curtains Properly
Curtains help to insulate your windows, but only if they are fitted properly. It is good for your curtains to measure 1 and a half times the width of your window. This is so they can extend beyond the window frame and prevent drafts. Your curtains should also hang below the window frame, or reach to the floor for maximum insulation. If you can see your windows around your curtains then the cold is sneaking in!
6: Consider Solar Power
Solar power is a completely renewable energy source that does not rely on carbon heavy methods of power generation. Harness the strength of the sun’s warm rays to power your whole home with a collection of panels and batteries.
7: Monitor Your Energy Or Power
Keep a close eye on your energy use. Most energy providers have an app that you can track your home’s usage. Check to see that there aren’t any unexpected spikes as it could mean a hot water leak, or some other issue. As a rule of thumb, if you see how much your day to day energy is costing, it makes you be more conscious about using it!
8: Choose Energy Efficient Appliances
Some appliances tend to churn through the power. Be conscious of this when you are buying new items or replacing old ones. Check the energy star rating on each appliance before you buy. Choose the ones with a low rating to reduce your energy consumption. You can also turn your water thermostat down and install low flow shower heads to reduce your water usage.
9: Ditch Standby Mode
If you aren’t using something, turn it off! Standby lights consume a large amount of energy. Unplug your phone charger after you have finished using it, turn off your heated towel rail during the day, and invest in a timer for your heater.
10: Switch To LED Lighting
Lighting makes up about 20% of your energy bill. You can significantly reduce that amount by switching to LED light units. Not only do they use less power, but they last longer so you don’t have to replace your lamps as often. They truly are a greener, more sustainable way to light your home.
If you are interested to know about how LED lighting could work at your place, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Hayden Creed at LED 360. He can provide you with all the information to create a greener lighting option for your home.