Saving energy is good for the planet and good for your pocket. What’s not to like?
Whether you’re moving into a new home, or you just want to make sure your home is as energy efficient as possible, we know that keeping energy bills down is a big win. Plus, it means you can settle in for movie night knowing you’re not letting half the heat escape through your floorboards!
Here are eight things that can make a difference in your home and help you make sure those savings really add up.
DraughtsDraught-proofing is one of the easiest ways to up your energy efficiency. As well as doors and windows (more on which below) check loft hatches, fireplaces, between floorboards and around electrical fittings. You can get professionals to do this, but it's cheap and easy to do it yourself. Honestly. Just make sure you choose products that are Kitemarked, so you know they’re up to the job.
WindowsDouble or triple-glazed windows can make a real difference and some even include special gases trapped between sheets of glass, to provide extra insulation. (Don’t worry, they’re harmless!) If you’re getting new ones installed, look for a BFRC rating – it will tell you exactly how efficient they are. If new windows aren’t an option, heavy curtains will help keep in the heat. You can also use foam, metal or plastic window strips for that extra layer of warmth.
DoorsMost new external doors come with draught-proofing included. If you’re sticking with an existing door, think about the keyhole and letterbox as well as under and around the door itself. And be sure to check the measurements before you buy any new fittings!
Extra insulationYour walls, floors, pipes and roof can all benefit from extra insulation. Some of these are relatively big jobs, but will save money in the long run. Others are super simple – you can buy a hot water cylinder jacket, which won't break the bank, and they’re easy to install. It might seem daunting, but it really isn't - and it’ll be worth it!
Heating controlsNow you’ve made sure the heat can’t get out, it’s time to think about the heating itself. This is a big part of your energy use, so it’s worth making it as efficient as can be. Smart controls let you manage your heating from your smartphone, laptop or tablet, so you can turn it off and on remotely – great if you don’t stick to a regular schedule.
ThermostatsThermostats are crucial. They let you set the temperature and control when and where your heating comes on. Make sure yours are working, whether they’re in rooms, on radiators or part of the boiler. Speaking of which...
The boilerIf it’s time to replace your boiler, make sure you choose the right one. You’ll need to think about the type of fuel you want to use, as well as the type of boiler. Combi boilers are good if you’re limited on space.
A smart meterFinally, you can keep an eye on your energy use with a smart meter. This will help you understand exactly what you’re using in real time, so you can keep on saving energy and keep on cutting your bills.
Download your quick-start energy-saving checklist here.