Energy efficiency is something that is talked about more and more every day. It is something that is very important to not only your carbon footprint but how much money you are spending on your energy bills. Your goal should be to make your home as energy efficient as you can so you can really start to save money on those heating bills. If you follow through with this article, you will find 5 improvements you can make to home your home energy efficient and start those savings straight away!
Replace your heating system
While it may seem like a drastic change to make, changing your heating system can make a huge difference in how energy efficient your home is. This is due to how inefficient old boilers are, with some boilers older than ten years wasting as much as 30% of all the heat they generate. Comparing this to a more modern boiler, by brands like Ideal or Worcester Bosch, you will lose significantly less heat as you will only lose around 8% of all heat generated. This increase in efficiency of 28% will mean that your home will be both more energy-efficient and see some great savings on your energy bills as your boiler will not need to be on nearly as much.
Change your lightbulbs
An often-overlooked measure is changing your lightbulbs from traditional incandescent lightbulbs to LED’s is a great chance to make to your home. LED bulbs are extremely energy efficient and run on 20% of the amount of energy your old incandescent bulbs do. LED bulbs have also been shown to last around 50 times longer than incandescent bulbs. Many people do not want to change to LED’s due to the price however with the 50x longer lifespan and 80% less energy needed to run them, they pay for themselves in the long run.
Turn appliances off standby
With the ongoing pandemic and spending more time indoors the chances that the TV has been on a lot more along with your laptop and gaming consoles. With all this extra time spent indoors more electric devices will be left on standby, which means they are still using some energy despite not being in use. Making sure that you turn these devices off will mean that you are not using unexpected energy and will increase the overall efficiency of your home.
Use a smart thermostat
Over the last few years, there has been a huge surge in smart technology. One of the best for helping your home’s energy efficiency must be a smart thermostat. Smart thermostats, such as the HIVE, Google Nest and Heatmiser, allow you to oversee your heating from anywhere by using a companion app on your smartphone.
A smart thermostat is connected to your home’s Wi-Fi which is how you can use your smartphone to control your heating, this means that you will never leave your home with your heating still accidentally on. Another plus side to smart heating is the ability to set custom heating schedules for your smart thermostat.
These schedules mean that you can set up the schedule to revolve around your day rather than having to rely on remembering to turn your heating on and off. Having this ability to control your heating both on the move and via a set schedule means that your heating will be more in check and energy-efficient.
Insulate your cavity walls
Around 35% of all heat generated in your home is lost through uninsulated cavity walls. With this loss of heat your boiler is going to be working more to make sure your home is the desired heat, this means that your boiler is using more and more energy to heat your home.
This can be fixed by insulating your cavity walls to ensure that no heat can escape. While cavity wall insulation can be expensive ranging from £400 – £800 depending on your home’s size. While this seems like a lot of money you will see a return on this investment after around two years of having the insulation in place.
Putting this insolation in place will mean that your boiler will not be having to work as much and you will not be needed to generate enough energy, meaning you will see your homes energy efficiency once again increasing. Following these five steps is a great way to begin making sure that your home is getting well on its way to becoming an energy-efficient powerhouse. Reducing not only your carbon footprint but those energy bills at the end of the month as well!