It is becoming increasingly important for households to consider as many ways as possible to ensure that their home is running as energy-efficiently as possible. Not only is this because of the impact that our energy consumption has on the environment, it is also the costly nature of high energy-consumption. Being savvy when it comes to saving energy also means financial savings in the long term. So, here are three ways in which we can ensure that our homes are running as energy-efficiently as possible.
1 – Insulation
One of the most cost-effective and practically effective ways to save energy usage in the home is to utilise insulation techniques. This can include loft insulation, cavity-wall insulation, under-floor insulation, boiler and pipe insulation. Insulating your home is a long-term solution to save on your heating bills. Why? Well because insulation processes are designed to keep your home warmer in the winter and regulated in the summer. It is a very efficient way to cut down on the amount of time you have to crank up the heating or your hot water in order to access warmth in the winter months. Pipe insulation means that hot water heats faster and therefore, less water consumption, and loft or wall insulation means that rooms within the house stay warmer for longer, meaning that you won’t need to rely on your central heating as much as you would without it.
2 – Update Your Heating
This might seem like an obvious tip, but to many, it goes missed. Older boiler systems do not work as efficiently as newer boilers such as combi systems and eco-friendly applications and installations. Boiler installations may not be cheap, but they are a necessary investment. This is because the more up-to-date and eco-efficient your boiler is, the less energy the household will consume year by year. This means that your home will perform better when it comes to an energy assessment (making it more appealing if you are taking the property to market), you will decrease your energy footprint and therefore impact on the environment, and you will inevitably save money.
3 – Solar Panels
One of the most commonly accessed alternative energy sources is by way of solar panels. Many homes in the UK can take advantage of free installation of solar panels. Using solar energy to help keep your home running with heating and electricity is a much greener solution to energy use – and again, is one of the ways you can save money on your energy bills.
There are lots of ways that you can consider cutting down on your energy use in the future. For example, many people switch to a water meter in order to save on costs and become more conscious about over-using water. Another way is to have your home assessed by DEA, as you could potentially qualify for free solar panel or insulation installation.
The key is awareness. Once we know the procedures and facilities we can put in place in the home to help it run in a more eco-friendly way, the higher the chances that we will save financially too.