Making Your Home More Energy Efficient
It has been reported that UK homes are among the least efficient in Europe. Whilst we are seemingly becoming gradually more aware of our carbon footprint and the energy crisis that lies ahead if we fail to act now, few of us are actually making any household changes that could have an impact.
What many may not realise is that by taking action now to improve efficiency in their home, they can save themselves a pretty penny in the future.
Green retrofitting is a term referring to the undertaking of home improvements to reduce both energy consumption and spend. Some changes could involve making a significant investment now to bring down costs in the future, while other adjustments are very simple and relatively inexpensive to implement.
Making big changes
If you’re ready to really make a difference, making these changes will pay dividends further down the line. You can greatly improve your home’s energy efficiency by installing proper installation and, while it’s not exactly cheap to do so, you will see huge savings later on. It could cost you in the hundreds now, but you’ll then enjoy reductions in your bills of up to £140 a year for wall insulation and £180 for roof insulation.
Opting for double glazing will not only save you around £180 a year, but will also offer better sound proofing and conserve heat.
Changes on a budget
If money is a bit tighter, you can still make improvements. A simple thing like a draught excluder can reduce your heating costs, and investing in a water saving shower head at a cost of around £20-30 will slash your water bills by up to £60 annually.
Your old household appliances could be more expense than they are worth, since outdated models are culpable for eating up energy. Switching from an electric oven with a B energy efficiency rating to an A+ rated model, for example, could reduce energy consumption by 40%.
More money in your pocket
Lowering both your energy bills and carbon footprint doesn’t actually have to mean you spending anything. Simply changing your lifestyle habits can play a vital role.
Switching off appliances when they’re no longer in use will prevent energy being wasted while they are on standby. Get the family to turn all electrical items off at the mains when they’re not being used and you could enjoy up to £50 in your pocket rather than the electricity company’s every year.
You could also look into switching your energy supplier to a green company. Making the transition costs nothing and you may even find a less expensive service, while doing your bit to help the environment.
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