10 Ways To Improve The Energy Efficiency Of Your Home

On August 1, 2017 by Himanshu

Are you sick to death of how expensive your utility bills are? Of course you are, everyone is, but you can’t really complain until you’ve actually done something about it. There is a huge number of ways that you can try and beat the energy companies and decreasing your usage is only a small part of it. Between 2006 – 2016, there has been a price increase of around 62.6% to the average electricity tariff, jumping from around £298 per year to £483. With the help of the following tips and tricks, you’ll be able to move significantly closer to the good old days and spend your hard earned cash on the things that matter.

The Basics

Energy Company Obligation

  1. Increase Insulation For Your Walls, Roof And Floor

Whether you are trying to heat or cool your home, it is important to make sure that that temperature remains as close to a constant as possible. By trapping the air inside your home, you won’t need to use your central heating or air conditioning nearly as much. Insulation can be pretty expensive, so if you’re on a limited budget, you should perhaps prioritise the cheaper forms of insulation that will still have a noticeable effect, like flooring. Here’s a rough guide to how heat leaves your house:

Walls – 35%

Roof – 25%

Floor – 15%

Windows & doors – 25%

  1. Get Double Glazed Windows

As mentioned above, 25% of heat leaves your home via your windows and doors, meaning you should really invest in double glazed windows to keep that heat trapped. Not only are double glazing windows much more energy efficient, but they are also great for security and sound proofing.

  1. Switch Old Light Bulbs To LEDs

Changing your light bulbs from filament, incandescents, will without a doubt drastically reduce your electricity usage on lighting. LED light bulb technology has been developed to the point that they now use 90% less electricity than the average incandescent bulb and 75% less than halogens. LED bulbs are not expensive at all, and if you signed up for a tariff with Utility Warehouse, they’ll switch them for you for free.

  1. Switch To Efficient White Goods

White goods are large domestic appliances such as fridges, freezers, washing machines and dishwashers. We use them constantly in our homes and are frequently switched on for large amounts of the day, if not throughout all hours. Making sure that your white goods are energy efficient is crucial to your money saving mission. It is now easier than ever to scope out the energy rating on each white goods item with the easy to use rating systems that are in place. Many types are now even required to be at least A rated or above.

  1. Switch Your Gas And Electricity Tariff

Switching your energy tariff is without a doubt the number one method of saving huge amounts of money from your bills. If you’ve never switched before, your eyes will soon light up with joy the minute you get your initial quotation, seeing how much money you are looking to save in the next year. Finding the perfect energy tariff  has never been easier, with the amount of comparison services available and the easy to use switching tools directly through each supplier. You don’t need mountains of documentation or bills, most companies can switch you just by having your name and address.

Bonus Tips

Dual Fuel Tariffs

  1. Upgrade Your Boiler

Today’s boilers are much more efficient. They heat the water much quicker and without using as much gas in the process. You can also be safe in the knowledge as well, that if you’re switching your old boiler, the new appliance must be at least 88% efficient, with most scoring more than 90% anyway. Depending on your situation, you may also be able to receive help from the Energy Company Obligation  (ECO) scheme, which will help you with the costs of upgrading your insulation and boiler.

  1. Use A Water Efficient Showerhead

Some power showers use more water in five minutes than a whole bath does. Not only is this using huge amounts of water, but you’re using a serious amount of electricity or gas in heating it up, depending on the type of shower you have. Switching your showerhead can reduce your usage of water, and thus electricity, by around 50%.

  1. Hang Thick Curtains

Your windows may be double glazed, but giving them that extra reinforcement never hurt anybody. It can also be a good temporary improvement on your single glazed windows if you are on a bit of a tight budget. Remember, around 25% of heat leaves your house through the windows and doors, so get them covered up and keep your house nice and toasty.

  1. Install Solar Panels

Solar panels are pretty expensive, that’s just the way it is. However, they make a great long term investment if you’re thinking into the future. The average solar panel price in 2017 works out at around £3,000, which would usually take about 14 years to see a return on investment. Over 20 years, this would see you make a 4.8% return on investment. Solar panels are available in all shapes and sizes, meaning the more you’re willing to invest, the more electricity you’ll generate and the more ROI you’re looking to see in the future.

  1. Prevent Heat From Leaving Through Your Chimney Breast

If you have a fireplace in your living room, it is likely that a large amount of heat is escaping through the chimney breast. There are two main ways that you can stop this from happening:

  • Buying a Chimney Balloon, which inflates inside your chimney breast and stops heat escaping while you aren’t using your fireplace. It is completely reusable and can be taken out when you decide to put the fire on.

Using an external fireplace cover, you can easily block the heat’s escape route; however, if you like the design of your fireplace to be obstruction free, then you may want to go with the first option.

Have you ever think that how do you navigate the mountain of energy suppliers nowadays? Find the Best Energy Supplier and start saving money now!

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