Would you like to reduce your energy bills? Are you worried you’re not doing enough to help the environment? You’ll be pleased to know there are things you can do around your home that will tick both these boxes. With winter just around the corner, it makes sense to check your home and find out where savings can be made by making your home as energy efficient as possible. There are plenty of things you can do. Some will require some investment, while others will cost nothing extra at all. Here are 7 ways you can reduce your energy bills and your carbon footprint.
Insulate the Attic
A huge amount of your heat will escape through the roof if it’s not properly insulated. Lay down some decent attic insulation, and you’ll save hundreds of dollars every year. There are a number of things you need to understand about insulation, but the most important is its R-value. This is a measurement of its resistance to heat flow. The higher the value, the more effective it will be at keeping your house warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Upgrade Your Boiler
Recent innovations in water heating technology mean there are some very efficient boilers now available. If yours is more than a few years old, you might want to consider upgrading. As well as being more efficient, they have also become more eco-friendly. Improvements include advanced heat dispersion, which allows your system to heat 15 different zones in your home with just one burner. A new boiler will also be much quieter, more reliable, and increase the resale value of your home.
Reduce Your Energy Consumption
This is an improvement you can make that won’t cost any money at all. A good way to cut back is to switch lights off when leaving a room. Unplugging electrical appliances when not in use is another big saver. Check the temperature controls for fridges, refrigerators, heating and cooling systems and make sure they are set correctly.
An astonishing amount of heat can is lost through your windows, and this can be reduced by installing double glazing. Initially, the double glazing cost can be high. However, because it will trap more heat inside your home, you’ll be saving money in the long term. Heat gain and heat loss through windows can be as much as 25-30% of heating and cooling costs, so it makes sense to reduce this as much as possible.
Using solar panels means you’ll be able to generate some of your own energy and not rely on one of the energy companies. You’ll also be able to sell any excess energy back to the National Grid. As well as providing energy, there are solar panels that can heat water, reducing your bills even further.
Use Energy Efficient Appliances
Technology has meant that the appliances we use are getting more and more energy efficient. If some of yours are a little dated, consider changing them for more efficient ones. Technology has come on in leaps and bounds in recent years, and the changes in the appliance are often significant.
These are the next generation meters for your home. They allow you to track the energy you use and better control it. You can turn your heating on and off, or control the temperature in your home, using a mobile app. Different areas of your home can be controlled separately. All of which allow you to be more flexible with your settings.
Follow the tips in this list and you’re going to be making savings on your energy bills. Best of all, your reduction in the amount of energy you use will help save the planet. It’s easy to be smart and cut your energy bills. Changing your habits and routines is part of the solution. Home improvements that you make may cost money in the beginning, but over time it is possible to recoup any expense.