• James Miller

10 Little Known Energy Saving Tips for Your Home

You’ve heard all of the standard energy saving tips before. ‘Turn your appliances off standby’ and ‘Take shorter showers’. We don’t want to waste your time and ours by repeating the same things you’ve heard over and over again. That’s why we’ve brought you what we believe are some useful, little known tips that you can start using today to reduce the cost of energy to yourself and the environment.

· Draught proof your front door.

You’d be surprised how much heat you can lose from a draughty front door. Even your letterbox is a weak point of your homes energy efficiency. Failing to draught proof a door correctly not only lets heat escape but it means cold air can rush into the home during the winter months, making the house seem colder and your energy bills higher.

· Close your curtains at night in all rooms.

This one is obvious when you think about it. With new double and triple glazing being released to try and prevent heat loss from the home, it’s clear that windows don’t trap heat as well as your walls do. This is why it’s always a good idea to keep your curtains shut at night. The material acts as a barrier to prevent heat loss. This will come in handy overnight when most people turn their heating off, meaning you’ll wake up to a warmer home just by using this tip.

· Take advantage of government funding.

Government funding is in place to save homeowners, tenants & landlords thousands! You can upgrade many of your homes appliances such as the boiler & storage heaters alongside things like the insulation at a massively reduced cost thanks to government funding. There are two current main types of funding in the UK, ECO funding and the Green Homes Grant Scheme. These are both in place from the government with the intention of reducing the UKs carbon emissions as well as making properties as energy efficient as possible without the cost. All homeowners & tenants can apply for vouchers on the Green Homes Grant Scheme whereas you must be on some form of benefit if you want to claim on ECO.

· Turn your thermostat down by 1 degree.

This is a big one that most people don’t know. Of course you would assume turning your thermostat down saves you money, but did you know that turning your thermostat down just 1 degree can save you up to £90 a year! That’s a massive saving from a very small change – you can thank us later.

· Only buy A – Rated appliances.

It’s a smart idea to only buy appliances that are as energy efficient as possible. People don’t realise that appliances such as boilers, kettles, fridges, washing machines etc. all have efficiency ratings. A, of course, being the top rating. Although these appliances may be marginally more expensive, the amount you will save on your energy bills will more than cover the cost in the long term.

· Repair your refrigerator seals.

If your refrigerator has faulty seals, warm air will seep into it, making it work overtime just to maintain it’s set temperature. This is a constant waste of energy as you never turn your fridge off, meaning it is overcompensating for the seals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

· Install a new condensing boiler.

If you have an old boiler in your house, you’ll likely be wasting a lot more energy than you think. Boilers in the past few years have became much more efficient. So much so that new condensing boilers typically achieve an efficiency of around 90% (compared to your old boiler which will likely be around 60%). This is why if your boiler is 7 years old or more, the government will cover the majority of the cost of a new one.

· Don’t block radiators.

Lots of people block the radiators in their homes with furniture and ornaments. If this is you and you’re wanting to get the maximum efficiency out of your home – stop now! Putting objects in front of the radiators stops convection currents from flowing around the room, meaning it will take a lot longer to feel the effects of them heating the house.

· Fill a sink when you shave rather than leaving the tap running.

This one is for the men (or the ladies too, we don’t judge). When you’re shaving at the sink, you’ll use significantly less hot water if you simply fill the sink once rather than letting the majority of the hot water go to waste. When you think about how many times you shave a month, if you don’t do this, you’re literally throwing money down the drain.

· Insulate your floor!

So many people we personally come across don’t have the necessary insulation in their floor. This mostly effects people with suspended flooring as this lets draughts in and when properly insulated you can expect to save around 5-10% on your energy bills. This typically isn’t cheap however as stated before, we can help you to access government funding that will reduce the cost of the labour substantially.

We hope these energy savings tips can at least help some of you to save money on your bills. We guarantee that if you stick to some of these, you will see clear change in the amount you spend every year on energy.

If you’d like any more help making your home energy efficient, our team of experts are always happy to help advise you on what you can do to Keep Your Home Cosy, Without the Cost.

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