Many of us have felt the strain of the sudden cost of living spike. With the rise in energy bills, gas prices, food and drink, the public are tightening their purse strings. Some tactics include living more energy-efficiently to assist in paying bills, or free up cash for other purposes.
It isn't just about saving money. Making your home more energy-efficient can have additional benefits, in particular, environmental benefits, which many consumers are becoming increasingly conscious of. Since the start of the pandemic, more and more consumers have expressed a desire for the world to be more sustainable and for corporations to be more accountable for their operations. In the UK, according to the final 2019 statistics, the most significant contributors to global warming are: transport at 27%, energy at 21%, businesses at 17%, and domestic energy use is in fourth spot at 15%. There is a lot to consider when reducing the impact on the environment from everything we buy and what we do.
Whatever your motivations are, we have some great tips on how you can make your home more energy-efficient. A more energy-efficient home will help make your money go further and will help you to increase your domestic sustainability and reduce your home’s carbon footprint. Explore our six tips below:
The first tip for making your home more energy efficient is to have your thermostat set at a default low temperature throughout the year, and having it turned off entirely between April and the end of September. Instead, try and use additional layers of clothing when needed to fend off any chills! Lowering the thermostat can also have some hidden benefits. It can make some of your house plants live longer, your fridge and freezer will work more efficiently, and reducing by just 1°C has the potential to save you £128 a year on energy bills (Uswitch).
Installing a smart metre in your home with a smart thermostat could also help you keep up with analytics, and daily use, set budgets, and help you make informed decisions about your usage.
If the budget allows, some home improvements can have a significant long term impact on your energy usage and efficiency. Whilst upfront costs for installation may seem significant it is worth noting that the running costs will be significantly reduced and your home will have a better carbon footprint.
Insulation - Adding wall, floor, loft, and roof insulation can help keep your home warm and stop heat and money from escaping the house. There will be less need to have the heating on so high to keep rooms warm.
Upgrading windows to double or triple glazing will not only keep your home warmer but can actually reduce noise transference between the outdoors and your home. Now that is an excellent benefit when living in a Central London pad!
Underfloor heating - Underfloor heating can have a significant start-up cost. That said, it is a much more efficient way to heat your home, helping you to feel warmer at a lower temperature with no cold spots. In the long run, it will pay for itself because it has a much longer lifespan than traditional radiators as well as lower running costs.
Installing solar panels, if you are eligible, you can even get funding from the government to install solar panels. Here is a calculator to see how much you could save by installing solar panels.
Having high low flow showerheads can save freshwater use.
Use energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs. Without throwing anything away (consider selling or donating to charity shops), update your outdated appliances to modern energy-efficient ones. Aim for the grade A at least. From LED smart TVs to super-efficient freezers and dishwashers. Using LED lights instead of incandescent bulbs can make your home brighter for less.
Unplug. Go around your home and turn the switches off from the sockets your not using or unplug appliances you're not using. Even if your phone or laptop isn't plugged in, the charger will still consume energy. Unplug and do not charge overnight. Leaving on charge will waste a lot of unnecessary energy and reduce the battery lifespan.
Conduct an energy audit. Consider hiring a professional to conduct an energy audit in your home. They can determine your home's weak points, giving you insight into what areas require the most attention and investment to help make your home more energy-efficient. They generally charge by square foot or by the hour. They will be able to provide you with insights on the EPC grade your home is currently running at and what the potential could be if you make the suggested improvements. They will make recommendations from the most significant investments and projects to the tiny changes that will add up and make a difference.
Advantages of more energy-efficient homes:
Lowers energy billsCheaper house insuranceIncreased comfortIncreased valueBetter air qualityBetter for the environmentReduces carbon emissionsSaves waterIncreases property valueLess noise pollution.
Moving forward with all areas of our lives, we should consider the 3 Rs where possible: Reuse, Recycling, and Reduction. Together we can make a difference by implementing more environmentally conscious shopping habits and behaviours.
Making your house more energy efficient is something that our team of home experts can provide advice on, as well as helping you implement home improvements. To see the many other services we offer, take a look at our services page here. Or get in touch with a member of our team today.