With fuel prices on the rise and energy pollution a major contributing factor to global warming we all know we should be more energy efficient. Knowledge is one thing, actually putting it into practice is something completely different. It is difficult to know where to start. That’s why we decided to create a comprehensive list of simple changes you can make to your home which will save you money and reduce your energy consumption.
Invest in Your Home
Some simple home improvements in the spring or summer will go a long way when it comes to saving energy over the winter months. The initial cost might leave you wondering whether these improvements are really worth it but believe me they are guaranteed to save you money in the long term.
Loft Insulation is absolutely essential in any home. Heat rises. If you don’t have adequate insulation in your loft you could be losing up to a quarter of the heat you are producing to heat your home. This is a massive loss! With a number of government grants available you can easily reverse this without spending a great deal of money. If you live in an older property that is already insulated, make sure to have it checked as a lot of older insulations are not in line with the current government guidelines and could be leaking valuable energy.
Solar Panels instillation is another top way to save money from your energy bill. Not only can you produce your own energy, any energy you don’t is exported onto the national grid. The average British household with solar panels saves itself £300 from their annual energy bill and it doesn’t matter whether you live in Stornoway or Somerset, contrary to common belief all you need is daylight not sunshine.
Switch to Energy Saving Appliances
Without even knowing it, you could be burning through far more energy than you need by using energy guzzling appliances. Here are a few eco-friendly appliances which can save you energy and money.
Halogen Ovens will not only cut your energy consumption, they will also slash your cooking time. Powered by a halogen lamp they can cook a whole chicken in as little as 30 minutes and are estimated to use half the amount of energy as a regular cooker.
Change Your Radiators. Energy efficient radiators, as a core source of heat, are an absolute essential when it comes to reducing energy expenditure. Electric and aluminium radiators in particular are praised for their energy saving qualities. Coming in a range of styles and prices, it is easy to find energy saving radiators that are also aesthetically pleasing. Trade Radiators have a fantastic range of stylish electric and aluminium radiators which help you save energy and enhance your interior design at the same time.
Stovetop Kettle. It is estimated that every time an electric kettle is boiled, you add £1 onto your energy bill. By switching to a stove kettle, and using it efficiently you could save yourself a small fortune from your heating bill.