Friday, 10 November 2017

How to make your home energy efficient

We all want to save money! And our utility bills aren’t exactly getting cheaper either, but are there ways you can save money without really trying? Well – did you know that the key to potentially saving hundreds of pounds a year, is as easy as switching off a light?

Here you’ll find a few handy tips and ideas on how you can make your home energy efficient and even potentially warmer!

Your flooring

pair of feet standing on laminate flooring
Perhaps the most obvious choice would be carpet! A thick carpet, complete with rugs to block out any draughts is an ideal scenario. You may find that the feel of carpet alone is much more pleasant than tile or laminate, however, if you do have laminate flooring then make sure you pick a nice laminate underlay in order to help insulate your floor.

Understand your bill.

The information on a typical energy bill can be confusing. But understanding it can go a long way to helping you get to grips with your energy use. Search online for any jargon you don’t understand, you may find some helpful online videos too – have a look at Youtube to get started.

Switch off standby

Did you know that you can save around £30 a year just by remembering to turn your appliances off standby mode? Almost all electrical and electronic appliances can be turned off at the plug without upsetting their programming. Check the instructions for any appliances you aren’t sure about. Some satellite and digital TV recorders may need to be left plugged in, so they can keep track of any programmes you want to record.

Be careful in your kitchen

You can save around £30 a year from your energy bill just by using your kitchen appliances more carefully:

Use a bowl to wash up rather than a running tap and save £25 a year in energy bills.
Only fill the kettle with the amount of water that you need and save around £7 a year.
Cutback your washing machine use by just one cycle per week and save £5 a year on energy. 

Spend less time in the shower

It’s true, we all love a good shower in the morning – it gets us ready for the day and helps us wake up! But did you know that spending just one minute less than normal in the shower can build up to a saving of around £7 a year!

Turn off lights

Turn your lights off when you’re not using them. If you switch a light off for just a few seconds, you will save more energy than it takes for the light to start up again, regardless of the type of light. This will save you around £14 on your annual energy bills.

Get savvy with smart controls

Smart heating controls are the latest innovation to help you control your heating and understand your energy use.They allow you to control your heating remotely via a mobile app, meaning that you can manage the temperature of your home from wherever you are, at whatever time of day.

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