Energy rates are currently at an all time high. By exploring ways to reduce your household energy consumption, you could help to reduce your energy bills. You’ll also help to save the planet by reducing your carbon footprint. Check out these energy saving tips below to get started.
Check you have an energy-efficient boiler
An energy-efficient boiler can help to keep your home warm while using less energy. Condensing boilers are typically the most energy-efficient option – since 2007, it’s been a law that all new boilers installed in homes need to be condensing boilers.
Think your boiler was installed before then? It could be worth checking whether it’s a condensing boiler or not. Generally speaking, a boiler that is over 15 years old is probably due for a replacement anyway – today’s boilers are much more energy-efficient.
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Check that your home is insulated
Insulation helps to stop heat escaping your home. This keeps your home warmer longer and reduces the need to turn on the heating as regularly, saving you money.
There are many different ways to insulate a home. Most heat in an uninsulated home escapes through the roof – you should first check whether your roof or loft is insulated. Next, consider the windows – switching from single glazed windows to double glazed windows could make you huge savings in the long run. Other insulation options such as cavity wall insulation, insulated doors and underfloor insulation could also be worth looking into.
Get a smart thermostat
Smart thermostats can help you to manage your energy consumption more efficiently. You can provide your energy provider with an accurate reading of your energy usage. You can also automate your heating usage based on temperature changes and other factors, reducing wasted energy from accidentally leaving on heating too long.
All in all, consumers can save up to £164 per year with a smart thermostat. This makes it a worthy investment.
Use TRV valves on radiators
TRV valves can automatically regulate the temperature of a room by reacting to the air temperature. Like a smart thermostat, this can reduce wasted energy when leaving heating on for too long.
TRV valves can lead to huge energy savings. If radiators don’t already have these valves, consider switching to new radiators.
When it comes to general electricity usage, lighting is one of the biggest energy drains. However, you can dramatically reduce the amount of electricity your home is using by switching from incandescent lights to LEDs.
Some people are put off buying LEDs because they cost more to buy than regular bulbs. However, the energy savings in the long run make them worthwhile.
Keep doors to rooms closed
You could save energy simply by keeping doors closed in your home. Small rooms typically heat up more quickly when the door is closed, because the heat doesn’t have anywhere to go. Heat is more likely to escape these smaller rooms when doors are open, so it could take longer to heat up the room. Keep the door closed and the room will heat up more quickly, allowing you to turn off the heating more quickly.
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