We have some tips for ways you can save energy
As worries about the future of the planet become ever more serious many of us wonder what we can do to make our homes more energy efficient and environmentally friendly.
But if you already have one of the newest generation combination boilers and a programmable thermostat such as Nest, or if you live in a rural area where you depend on oil or LPG supplies, what else can you do?
We have some tips for ways you can save even more energy.
Do you have an attic? Is it insulated and if so how long ago? It may be worth checking whether you can add an extra layer of protection. Adding insulation to your attic can help seal air leaks and improve your home’s heating and cooling costs.
Have you switched to energy-saving lightbulbs? Halogen bulbs, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs offer longer lasting light and are more energy-efficient.
What about your windows? If you have double-glazing, how long ago was it fitted and are all the seals still intact? What about how well they fit into the spaces? You can add an extra layer of protection by filling in any gaps around the frame with silicone caulking.
On the subject of windows, having blinds may be the latest trend in interiors, but they are far less efficient for keeping your home warm than curtains.
You can save on your water usage by fitting low-flow showerheads and using a water-efficient washing machine. You should also check your heating and hot water pipework for leaks. Also, don’t forget to save water run-off from gutters and drainpipes into a water butt for watering your plants.
Another suggestion, if you have a suitable garden is to plant a deciduous tree – usually to the West of the house. In summer, the leaves will keep the house cool.
Draughts can be a problem, especially in old houses, and especially if you have wooden floors. If you prefer rugs to fitted carpet, perhaps check whether the floorboards fit snugly next to each other, otherwise draughts may mean you have to keep your heating on for longer in the winter.
It has also been calculated that if you turn your heating down by just one degree, your house will still be warm but you will use less energy.
These tips can keep your home warm in the winter, help you do your bit towards combating climate change and also help you save even more on your energy bills.