How To Be More Energy Efficient In Your Home

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How To Be More Energy Efficient In Your Home

Posted on May 20th, 2013 in Blog, Energy | 0 Comments

These days, stuff people are more concerned with going ‘green’ and being environmentally friendly than ever before, but there are so many more reasons to watch the energy and electricity you consume in your daily life. An important reason for many people is that of money; by following these tips on energy efficiency, you can start saving both energy and money on your bills, giving you the best of both worlds.

 

Watch Your Windows

 

The first thing you can start with is your windows. Old or unsteady frames can cause you to lose heat from your house – the last thing you want during a harsh British winter. Tinting your windows can help keep the heat in and the cold out, but some people dislike this idea as they find tinted windows ‘unattractive’. If you’re not too bothered about their aesthetic appearance, go for it. The type of frames you use can determine your heat loss as well; vinyl frames, for instance, are more resistant to heat transfer, so it may be worth looking at getting your existing frames changed or upgraded. Last but not least, use your windows for what they were made for – letting in the light! Keep all curtains and blinds open for as long as possible to fill your homes with natural light, and keep those lamps turned off.

 

Increase Insulation

 

One of the more obvious energy-saving solutions is that of insulation. If done properly, insulation will slow the rate that heat flows out of your house (or into the house if it’s summer and is actually hot and sunny for a change). Even if you already have insulation, it can be worth taking another look at it and perhaps adding on some additional insulation to various areas of your house (ceilings, walls, loft etc). Another thing you can do is make sure all doors and windows are sealed properly, as even the tiniest draft can make a room seem chilly, no matter how much insulation you may have. Just beware: some houses do not need extra insulation, and it could become dangerously hot if you introduce any more than is needed.

 

Be Kind To Your Appliances

 

You can save money on your electricity bill by replacing old, power-hungry appliances with newer, more energy efficient models. Yes, this may be pretty pricey in the short term, but in the long run it could help you to save a lot of money (and stress – no one wants their washing machine breaking down on them just before laundry day). Just make sure you take the time to do a little research before splashing the cash on any new white goods in order to get the most energy efficient ones. It’s also worth noting that reading the manual properly for each appliance you have can help you to use it as it should be used. This can include the more environmentally-friendly settings on washing machines and even on freezers. Maximise the use of washing machines and dishwashers as well: make sure you’re doing full loads at a time. After all, every little helps, and anything you can do to save energy in your home today will help you with your bills in the future.



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