Over the past decade, technological advances have meant that it is now possible to make your home far more energy efficient than what was possible in the past. With some simple changes and improvements to your home, you can drastically cut your energy usage, saving you money on your heating bills as well as helping with the conservation of the environment. Despite these advances, it is surprising how few people know about them. Keep reading to find out our top energy saving tips for your home.
1. Ensure Your Insulation is Working Effectively
Living in the UK where temperatures are cooler than most, making sure your insulation is up to scratch is essential. Heat escapes the home primarily via the roof and walls. Insulation is used to minimize the amount of heat escaping your home. In older properties there is a high chance that your insulation will not be working as efficiently as it could be. If your insulation is not working properly more energy is needed to adequately heat your home, increasing your energy bills and usage. If your insulation does need to be replaced, there are a number of government schemes available which will contribute to the cost of your new insulation. Find out more about government grants here.
2. Upgrade Old Heating Systems
Like poor insulation, an old heating system could be costing you time and energy. Advances in heating technology over the past decade means it is now more affordable than ever to heat your home efficiently. Boilers are the main areas of heating systems where heat will escape from with some boilers leaking up to 30% of the energy they produce. With boilers accounting for over half of your overall energy bill, this could be costing you hundreds of pounds a year.
It’s not just your boilers you need to think about, old radiators could also be costing you. Today, there are a number of eco-friendly radiators on the market including aluminium and column radiators. Site’s like Trade Radiators have a large selection of energy efficient radiators. Upgrading your radiators or boiler may cost you initially but it is important to think of it as a long term investment and you will see instant changes when you get your first energy bill.
3. Double or Triple Glaze Your Home
Like walls and roofs, windows allow heat to escape the home. If your home doesn’t already have double glazing then it is imperative that you install them as soon as possible if you want to make your home as energy efficient as possible. On average, you will save £150 on your heating bill by switching to double glazed windows. If you take saving energy seriously then you can up your energy saving game by upgrading to triple glazing. Locking in heat, triple glazed homes are designed to stay at an average temperature of around 21 degrees meaning less energy is used to heat your home. As well as energy saving benefits, they also keep noise out which makes them ideal for homes located next to a busy road.