Creating an eco-friendly home can be as good for your wallet as it is for the environment. Nowadays it can be a struggle to know what the best solutions are, but The Lighting Superstore has plenty of tips you can do inside your home to boost its eco-friendly credentials while saving you money.
Insulating your home not only reduces heat loss. It creates a more stable temperature eliminating hot and cold spikes and can mean significant savings on your household bills.
For example: laying loft insulation to a thickness of 270mm in a typical non-insulated three-bedroom semi, could trim £175 a year from energy bills, as less heat is lost through the roof. Insulating the cavity walls could save around £140 a year, so insulating both your loft and cavity walls could mean up to £315 in financial savings.
Invest in solar
While there's a big initial cost to install solar panels, you can save about £800 a year once installation is completed.
The average family usually requires a 4kWh solar panel system for their home. This alone would earn about £560 a year from a supplier just for producing solar electricity. Additionally, around £150 would be
subtracted from their bills for using their own power and they could make another £90 extra from selling power back to the National Grid via their energy provider.
Fix the leaky tap
The average household combined water and sewerage bill in the UK is £395 a year and dripping taps typically waste 5,500 litres of water a year.
Save up to 30 percent in water usage - or approximately £118 if calculated using the average household bill - by tightening all taps with a spanner, or ask a plumber to do it if you're unsure.
Further money can be saved on your water bill by using a simple cistern displacement device which can reduce the amount of water used by around 1 litre every flush, leading to big savings in water consumption (up to 5000 litres per year for large households).
Fit energy-saving bulbs
In a typical home, lighting accounts to around 10-20 percent of the electricity bill, however, by making the switch from energy guzzling lighting to more eco-friendly options you can easily save on your overall bill.
LED lighting options not only use around 85 percent less energy than most traditional types, they often last 20 times longer, meaning even though you might pay slightly more than what you’re used to, it is quickly paid back by reduced running costs.
Wash laundry in cold water
Almost 90 percent of the energy used by your washing machine is to heat the water. Use cold water on a shorter cycle for any clothes that don't need particular attention to reduce your energy consumption.
If you don't want to wash laundry in cold water, you can still save a lot of money turning your machine down to 30 degrees.
According to Wrap.org washing clothes less often, washing at a lower temperature, using larger loads and tumble drying less could cut your energy footprint by 7 percent. The Energy Saving Trust also says washing clothes at 30 degrees uses 40 percent less electricity in a year than washing at higher temperatures.
Block your chimney
You spend time and money double glazing and insulating your home. However, what many people do not think of is blocking their chimneys. The University of Liverpool calculated households lose around 4 percent of total heat up the chimney, so a high-quality block could save you over £200 a year.
By Matthew Currington, The Lighting Superstore