Taking steps to increase the energy efficiency of your property, and reduce your energy consumption, will not only help the environment, but save you money on the cost of your energy bills too.
So here we give a quick guide to some handy energy-saving tips and tricks, perfect for making your home more energy-efficient.
Change Your Lights
Replacing traditional light bulbs with more energy efficient alternatives, such as LED lights, which typically use 10 percent of the energy of a typical light bulb, will allow you to make some substantial energy savings. Make sure you remember to turn lights off when you’re not in a room too!
Switch Off and Save
Make sure to turn off your appliances and gadgets when these are not being used and don’t be tempted to just leave them on standby. According to the Energy Saving Trust, the average household could save up to £80 a year, simply by remembering to switch off appliances, rather than leaving them on standby.
Be Careful with Your Shower
Whilst modern power showers can be a great home luxury, it might surprise you to learn that one of these can use the same amount of water in a five-minute period, as it take to fill a bath. Energy-efficient shower heads and faucet aerators can be a great compromise. These will reduce this amount of water delivered by taps and shower heads, whilst still allowing you to enjoy a refreshing shower.
Draught-proofing your home is one of the simplest and most efficient ways to save energy in your property, but is often overlooked. According to the Energy Saving Trust, savings of up to £55 a year are possible.
You can take steps to draught-proof your home, by blocking off any unwanted gaps that allow cold air into your home and warm air to escape out. Not only will this save warm air, meaning you’ll require less energy to heat your home, it’ll help keep it nice and cosy too.
Draughts can be found anywhere where there are accidental gaps in your home that lead outside. There are a number of key areas in your home where draughts could potentially be lurking, such as around your windows and doors. Where practical, try sealing windows, doors, loft hatches and any pipe work that leads outside.
Up to a quarter of your home’s heat is lost through the roof. Hence, insulating your loft is a simple and effective way of reducing both heat loss and your energy bills and you could ultimately save up to £250 a year. Loft insulation can be effective for at least 40 years and during this period should pay for itself many times over.
It’s recommended that loft insulation should have a thickness of 270mm. Hence, it’s worth checking to see whether you have any existing insulation in your loft and if so, how much.
If you find that your loft already has some insulation, but this falls below the recommended 270mm, then it can also be worth topping this up, so you can make some further savings on your energy bills.
All properties lose heat through their windows too. However energy efficient glazing, such as double or triple glazing, can help keep your home warmer, quieter and more comfortable too. Significantly, energy-efficient windows will also save you money on the cost of your energy bills too.
Hopefully this quick guide will help you to make some energy savings in your property. Here at FAB systems we’re a leading supplier of double glazing in Stoke on Trent and can help you to improve the energy efficiency of your property.
For more information about our range of products and services, please don’t hesitate to contact us today, by giving us a call on 0800 066 5644 and a member of our friendly team will be happy to help you with your enquiries.