Energy efficiency is one of the phrases we’re probably all a little sick of by this point but while the environmental benefits have been well documented, did you know making your home more energy-efficient could also save you a lot of money? But in the interest of saving a few pennies for your next holiday, how can you go about reducing your carbon emissions without spending a small fortune?
Switch to LED lighting
LED bulbs are undoubtedly the way to go when it comes to lighting your home. They use 85% less electricity than conventional lights but still produce the same output. They are also comparably prices, which means you can save money on your electric bill without having to cut back at all! LED lights are also far more environmentally friendly and last 25,000 hours per bulb (compared to conventional bulbs, which last only 1000-2000).
Insulate your home
Insulating your home doesn’t have to mean stripping out the whole loft or having a professional in to insulate your walls. Of course, those things can help immensely but they are also expensive and disruptive. Something as simple as purchasing thicker curtains can help you save on heating bills by holding the heat in.
If you want to spend even less money, meanwhile, lay draught excluders at the foot of your doors to stop cold air from seeping in. Even adding more cushions and pillows to your lounge will have the effects of storing heat and who doesn’t love a good throw rug? Oh, and double glazing next hurt anyone either!
Choose Electric Radiators
When it comes to actually heating your home, electric radiators are classified as 100% energy efficient as all the electricity that goes into powering them comes back out as heat. They’re also more efficient than a traditional central heating system as water doesn’t have to travel through any pipes, which can often lose heat, particularly in larger homes.
Energy-efficient electric radiators are also easier to control and are less prone to failure. You don’t have to bleed them either and if you’ve ever accidentally scolded yourself when bleeding a radiator you’ll understand what a significant benefit that is!
Consider solar panels
This is a bigger investment, granted, but it’s one that will save you thousands in the long run, particularly if you are able to take advantage of the Smart Export Guarantee.
Note that the average solar system will cost anywhere between £5,000 and £8,000 but within a few years you will comfortably recoup that investment. It will also add a significant amount of value to your home.
The little things
Creating an energy-efficient home also includes taking the smaller day-to-day uses of power into account. Things like turning power outlets and lights off when you’re finished with them, slightly turning down your thermostat or drying clothes outside in the summer all contribute to running an efficient home that saves both money and the environment.
Running appliances such as your home computer all day can also rack up electricity bills, even though it might be more convenient to have it ready to go at all times.