10 Tips to Save Energy at Home
Posted on: 12th December 2017
Energy efficiency has become a keen focus for the modern homeowner; once you start to pay attention to how much energy a home uses, and how much is wasted each day, you realise that there are actually some easy ways to tackle the problem, instead of just tolerating it. In this article, we’re giving you 10 energy saving tips to help make your home more efficient, economical and comfortable for you and your family. You can also check your current energy efficiency, using our energy efficient calculator.
Tip 1: Use energy saving appliances
Older homes are more likely to have outdated electrical appliances with a poor energy rating. Newer energy efficient appliances will use much less power than their older versions, so commit to changing as many as you can to drastically lower your energy bills. These appliances can be identified by the product’s low energy rating, which should be clearly marked.
Tip 2: Insulation
Up to 25% of heat is lost through uninsulated loft space, and this can be easily solved by installing quality insulation in your roof. You may also be eligible for government-backed, free cavity wall insulation to improve the efficiency of your entire home. Again, uninsulated walls will leak heat, meaning you’re keeping the heating on longer and at a higher temperature to fix it. Insulation is a long term investment and a necessary one.
Tip 3: Use a BTU calculator
In order to make your home more efficient, you’ll need to understand exactly how much energy is currently being wasted. Use a BTU calculator to figure out your home’s energy rating, then you’ll be able to see where how much you need to cut back.
Tip 4: Find and eliminate draughts
Gaps or holes around doors, windows and floorboards/skirting can be the cause of constant energy leaks, so examine your home and solve draught problems wherever you see them. Draught proofing sealant/stripping should do the trick for most cases, but you might think replacing an old door or set of windows is a more effective long term strategy.
Tip 5: Smarten up your heating
Many household misuse their central heating / boiler systems, either leaving them on all the time, or not programming them in an efficient manner. A programmable thermostat should be tailored to your requirements, so set intervals for the heating to come on at a comfortable temperature, and make sure to turn it off when you don’t need it on. You can also look at connecting your heating with a smartphone app so you can control the heating from your phone, allowing you to save energy even when you’re not in the house!
Tip 6: Choose a high efficiency fireplace
Like old appliances, older fireplaces are much more likely to waste energy, as a lot of the heat produced will escape up the chimney or disperse through walls or gaps. Modern, high efficiency fireplaces burn more efficiently, with the combustion process producing very little-to-no wasted energy; the heat produced is used as effective heating, and nothing more. You can discuss your options for replacing an old fireplace with a high efficiency stove by getting in touch with a reputable fireplace supplier – like the Rotherham Fireplace Centre.
Tip 7: Take easy steps to use less energy
You can make smaller, cost-free changes to your daily home life that can add up to a more efficient lifestyle – which will save you cash in the long run. These are really simple things that might seem obvious to some, but keep them in mind instead of resorting to the thermostat:
- Wear thicker clothing when it’s cold – jumpers, cardigans, pullovers etc.
- Add another blanket or thicker duvets to beds to help keep you warm at night
- Turn off electrical items when you’re not using them – don’t rely on standby to keep the bills down. Items such as games consoles and other appliances you don’t use every day can be unplugged between uses.
- Unplug chargers when they aren’t connected – some chargers will use energy if they are plugged in but not actively charging something. Simply unplug the cable once you’re fully charged to eliminate this risk
- Turn your lights off when you leave a room
Tip 8: Change your lightbulbs
If you’re still using old incandescent bulbs, then you should have them replaced as soon as possible. These are notorious energy wasters which is one of the main reasons they have been phased out. Halogen bulbs are more efficient, but are still on the low end of the energy saving spectrum. For the best possible energy rating, LED bulbs are definitely the way to go. They can be initially expensive, and are a long term investment, so it may be best to spread LED installation over the year. Replace the most commonly used bulbs with LED alternatives first, then go on from there.
Tip 9: Switch energy supplier
Some stick with the same supplier for years at a time, but you could save money by switching. Use an online comparison website to see how your current supplier stacks up against others for a potentially valuable saving.
Tip 10: Educate the household
These tips won’t be as effective unless the entire household makes an effort to save energy. For kids, you can even make the whole process more interactive by having them keep track of energy wasting trends they notice with a chart or energy journal.
Rotherham Fireplace Centre supply and install a range of fireplaces and fireplace surrounds throughout Rotherham, Sheffield, Barnsley and Doncaster. With fully trained engineers and a range of products to choose from – including high efficiency stoves – we can help make your home more comfortable and efficient while tailoring each product to your personal requirements. To find out more, contact our friendly team today.