We all need to be aware of energy efficiency, so today’s guest post is very timely. It’s good to know there are things we can start doing today to make a difference!
It is more important than ever to be more energy efficient in the home especially as the winter months are upon us. Many home owners are turning their heating up or leaving it on for longer periods in a bid to banish the cold winter chills in their home. Of course there are many things you can do to reduce your energy bills and step towards energy efficiency but here are a few that you could implement in a minutes.
The most common place to lose heat within a home is through the doors, chimneys and windows, so the best way to combat against heat loss is by purchasing draft excluders or perhaps making your own. If you make your own you can then customise them to suit your décor or perhaps get the kids to join in a fun activity with an excellent purpose.
Many home owners’ spot cracks in their walls from time to time and automatically assume it will be too costly to repair, however this is not the case – simply buy silicone sealer from your hardware store and fill in the cracks yourself.
However for things like the chimney many have turned towards making their own draft excluder which I am going to share with you. All you have to do is stuff a bin bag or plastic bag with old newspaper and place it up the chimney but remember to take it out before lighting the fire!
If your shower takes water straight from the tank, great news! You will be able to fit an energy saving shower head which is known to save home owners up to £70 a year on water bills. Many people believe that they need to stay away from energy saving shower heads as they couldn’t be as powerful but the fact is they are just as powerful as a regular shower head.
If you don’t want to take the plunge just yet you can purchase a shower timer which will allow you to make sure that your family don’t spend hours in the shower which is known to waste a lot of energy and water. These shower timers are similar to an egg timer and come in various shapes and sizes for a small cost, definitely worth investing in.
The most well recognised energy efficient item today is the energy saving light bulb as they have been promoted over the last number of years. Nearly all lights can be changed to energy saving versions as there are thousands of different types with a large variety of shapes, fittings and sizes.
Many homes have less than 10 inches of loft insulation so it is probably best to check how much insulation you have in your loft and you can then decide if you should top up your insulation. The reason for this is so that you can save money on heating costs and save up to £200 a year.
By implementing even a few of these tips you could save on your energy bills drastically some changes more obvious than others. For energy saving lighting and more check out Meteor Electrical where the team are more than happy to help.