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With governments being forced to meet carbon reduction targets by 2020 and the difficult economic times we find ourselves in, everyone needs to be aware of their energy usage, both for the environmental impact and the spiralling consumer costs. However, energy efficiency doesn’t have to mean large capital investments. Just making a few simple changes could save money in your home.
- Ensure your boiler is properly maintained.
- A planned maintenance service ensures that all heating solutions are safe, cost effective and sustainable.
- Boilers account for 55% of what you spend on energy bills, so it is important there are no leaks.
- Upgrade your boiler.
- Replacing your old gas boiler with no controls to a high efficiency condensing boiler and full set of controls will significantly cut your homes carbon dioxide emissions.
- Put your heating and hot water on only when you need them.
- Each household in the UK uses on average around 360 litres each day. 21% of a typical gas heated household’s heating bill is from heating the water for showers, baths and hot water from the tap
- When we use water, we are often using energy, mostly to heat the water. Generating energy produces carbon dioxide emissions which is one of the main greenhouse gases causing climate change. Heating water for use in our homes makes up about 4% of the UK’s total carbon dioxide emissions.
- Fit thermostatic valves to all of your radiators.
- Thermostatic radiator valves will reduce the flow of water through the radiator they are fitted to when the temperature goes above a certain setting. Set them to the level you want for the room; a lower setting uses less energy and so will save you money.
- Reduce your room temperature.
- The right heating controls will let you keep your home at a comfortable temperature without wasting fuel or heat. So, you’ll reduce your carbon dioxide emissions and spend less on heating bills.
- Draw your curtains at dusk.
- Drawing your curtains at dusk will minimise heat escape through the windows.
- Ensure your doors and windows are draft free.
- Draught proofing often works out to be one of the cheapest ways of keeping your house warm, whether you live in a little cramped flat or a huge sprawling mansion. The basics of it come down to blocking up any gaps that let warm air out and chilly air in. This will not only keep your house nice and snug but save you money on your energy bills as you won’t need the heating on as much.
- Save Water.
- A full bath uses up to 80 litres of water whereas a 5-minute normal shower uses about 35 litres, saving 45 litres of water.
- A 5-minute power shower uses about 60 litres, which still saves 20 litres of water when compared to a full bath.
- Saving water helps to save energy at home, and can help save you money too – more than a third of the average cost of heating a home in Scotland goes towards heating water. Little changes can have a big effect.
- Buy energy efficient appliances.
- All appliances now come with energy efficiency ratings. Buying the most energy efficient model can be a wise buy in the long run.
- Switch off appliances.
- Leaving appliances on standby saps energy without giving any great benefit. Switching off and on again only takes a minute or two more and some newer devices will do it automatically. And saying goodbye to standby could cut your electricity bill by around 8%. Remember to turn off chargers as soon as they’ve done their job too.