There are many heating and energy-saving tips we can use to make our homes run more efficiently. From making small changes around the house all the way through to renovation works, they can all provide big savings in the long run.
In fact, there are many benefits to be gained from making these electric and gas-saving changes. They include lowering our energy bills, helping keep ourselves and our families snug and warm in cold weather, and doing our bit to help the environment by reducing our carbon footprint.
We’ve put together our top 10 energy efficiency tips for your home, including switching light bulbs, exploring weather compensation kits and investing in a new gas combi boiler.
Insulate Your Loft Space
Been feeling the chill recently? Lofts are one of the most common spots in the home for warmth to escape from, with heat rising through our homes and disappearing into the atmosphere. Insulating the loft in your property or thickening existing insulation is a really effective way to retain heat and reduce the number of times you have to reach for the thermostat.
Look Into Programmable Heating Controls
Speaking of thermostats, did you know updating your heating controls can make a big difference to how much energy your home uses? Modern programmable controls have energy-saving timing functions like setting your boiler to switch on earlier, meaning your home is at your preferred temperature at the time you set it to come on — rather than some time afterwards.
Use Energy-Efficient Lighting
Here’s a true lightbulb moment — switching the lighting you use in your home can lead to big cash savings. According to Which, if you replace just one 60W incandescent with an energy-efficient CFL bulb, it can lower your electric bill by around £7 every year. Replace 10 bulbs and you could be lowering your annual utility bill by £70, so the savings soon add up!
Invest in a New Boiler
When it comes to ways to make a big reduction in the amount of gas or electricity your home uses, replacing your old boiler with a high-efficiency new model is top of the list. Many new boiler models use much less power to keep your home warm and toasty, meaning investing in one of the most efficient combi boilers on the market can leave your fuel bills much lower than before.
Replace Your Windows
Here’s a tip that will give you a clearer vision of how to boost energy efficiency in your home. The Energy Saving Trust recommends making sure your windows are double or triple glazed, looking into installing secondary glazing, or even just getting some heavy new curtains to help keep the heat in. All of these ideas will be a big help in lowering your heating bills!
Discover System Filters
Looking for an option that can help improve your central heating system’s performance, making it more cost effective to run and maintain? Black iron oxide is a substance that builds up in condensing boilers, reducing efficiency and causing a lot of energy wastage, but a system filter can help protect your heating system from this problem.
Insulate Your Cavity Walls
Here’s another renovation tip — many UK homes were built with cavity walls, meaning there is a hollow space in their centre. Filling this space with insulation is another fast and reliable way to successfully reduce the amount of heat that escapes our homes. How effective this will be depends on the size of your property, but it could mean big savings on your energy bills.
Look Into Solar Energy
It’s a great feeling when the sun shows its face, but imagine how much better you would feel if you knew it was saving you money, too. Uswitch reports that installing solar panels has become much more affordable in recent years and their efficiency has improved at the same time — they can even generate large amounts of electricity when it’s cloudy outside.
Request an Energy Monitor
Looking for an easy way to keep an eye on the amount of electricity you use at home? An energy monitor could be just what you’re looking for, and what’s more your energy supplier may provide you with one for free — try contacting them to find out more. These small devices let you know how much electricity you’re using and are another smart way to reduce utility bills.
Try a Weather Compensation Kit
Ever wish your boiler could adapt to how cold it is outside all by itself? A weather compensation kit is an impressive tool that does just that. It lets your boiler measure the outside temperature and uses this information to reduce the boiler water flow temperature. This adds up to increased energy efficiency and a consistent temperature throughout your home.
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