Increasing your home energy efficiency is beneficial in a number of ways but is often considered as being too much hassle or costly. Making changes to your home can reduce your bills, create a more comfortable atmosphere and also help the environment. So what is there to lose?
There are many things that can be changed, both big and small, meaning your home’s efficiency can be upgraded over a period of time that suits you and your budget. Here at five which can get you started.
Install a Tankless Water Heater.
This one is great for large family households or those who love to indulge in long, hot showers. A tankless water heater will save you a considerable amount of money on your energy bills in the long-term, helping your running costs to steadily decline. Although the tanks are relatively pricey (around £1200 on average), you will never have to worry about running out of hot water again and the risk of a flooded basement is reduced dramatically.
Change Your Lightbulbs
If you’re a fan of using incandescent bulbs because you think they’re cheaper, you may be slightly disappointed. Compared to both LED and fluorescent bulbs, their lifespan is shorter and their energy usage is significantly higher. Opting for more energy efficient alternatives may cost you slightly more when purchasing but, in the long-run, will save on those precious pounds.
Optimise your Windows
Changing the windows throughout your home is quite costly and can take a relatively long time. Instead, simply altering your pre-existing windows can make all the difference whilst delivering great results. Installing insulation window film is a fast and affordable way to keep your home at an optimal temperature. The film ensures warm heat is retained in the winter and warm, solar heat is reflected in the summer; in short, your home will always be at an optimal temperature, lessing your reliance on central heating systems.
Use a Clever Thermostat
Most people already know that being smart with their central heating is one of the easiest ways to save you money on your energy bills. Turning it off or down when you’re out of the house and putting it on a timer will cut costs drastically but, thanks to today’s technology, it could be even easier.
You can now get the latest generation of smart thermostats which will do all of the above automatically. Devices such as the Nest Home Thermostat will track and learn your behaviour, optimising your home’s heating to coincide with your lifestyle. Super smart, super savvy.
Insulate your Loft
This solution is a no-brainer when it comes to keeping your home warmer whilst spending a small amount of money. By adding insulation to your loft, you can save as much as 20% on your energy bills whilst also lessening the threat to your health by damp and draughts. If the space isn’t being put to use already, loft insulation could really be the way forward if you’re looking to improve your home’s efficiency.
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