Best Home Improvements To Make Your House More Energy Efficient:
As the cost of living slowly increases, and the demand for more sustainability gets higher each year, making our houses more energy efficient is the first way we can make a difference to both our bills and the environment. In this guide we are highlighting the best ways to make your home more energy efficient.
Upgrading your boiler
There has been a lot of news in recent years about upgrading our boilers to make our homes more energy efficient, and there is good reason for it. An inefficient boiler can actually add hundreds to your monthly energy bills, meaning an upgrade is definitely worth the upfront cost.
New boilers also work better in terms of reducing carbon emissions. To understand how efficient your boiler currently is, you can check where on the energy scale it stands. The scale is typically from A-G with the ones nearer G being the least efficient.
If your boiler is on the lower end of the scale, you could save a pretty penny by upgrading.
Fit double glazing
Most new builds are already sorted with double glazing, but if you live in an older home, you might want to check whether your windows are single pane.
Timberwindows-direct.co.uk can provide double glazed windows with wooden frames to maintain the overall style of the home.
Double glazing can boost your home’s energy efficiency immediately. They insulate the home, creating a warmer and safer feel within the house. And, you can say goodbye to the whistling of the wind that often accompanies single pane windows in older homes…
Consider solar panels
Up until 2019, there were plenty of benefits to installing solar panels on your home – one of which was the money you could earn from selling energy back to the National Grid.
While this is not available anymore, the Smart Export Guarantee started in January 2020 brought back the payments for excess electricity created by your solar panels.
Solar panels are a huge upfront cost but can save you plenty in the long term. The heat provided can also raise the temperature of your water tank slightly, meaning your overall bills are reduced too.
Hang thick curtains
Not everyone will be able to afford huge renovations for energy efficiency, so there are smaller options that work too. Thick curtains to frame the windows will prevent any small breezes coming through the cracks and adding a chill to the space.
Use an Eco kettle
One cup kettles are great for reducing your energy use. You can enjoy a single cup of your favourite drink without having to boil a full kettle. An eco-kettle can actually use 30% less power than a standard one. Kettles are not the only appliance you can swap for more energy efficiency, either – you can check the efficiency of fridges and TVs before purchasing.
There are big and small ways to improve your energy efficiency. You would be surprised to know just how much water a power shower uses, or how much you can save by using energy efficient light bulbs. Start your energy efficient lifestyle today, to see just how much you can save over the next year.