Now that the snow is falling and a number of energy firms have bumped up their prices, people are becoming more and more concerned with energy efficiency.
This blog offers some tips on the best way to make your home more energy efficient; not only saving energy, but saving you money too.
Curtains To High Bills
Yes, it may seem a little strange, but putting up some new curtains is a nice and easy way of bumping up energy efficiency if you haven’t got them put up already. Not only will you save money –after the initial investment of course – but you can do a bit of interior decorating too.
Obviously some nice thick ones will be the best for keeping the heat in, but you will find putting up curtains will improve savings on your home – just remember to let the light in during the day, and shut them at night.
Not Using It? Unplug It
A real simple bit of advice for improving energy efficiency in the home is to switch off what you are not using.
We all have gadgets, appliances and gizmos for all manner of things, but if you don’t really need to use it, turn it off and unplug it.
When you do use it, make sure that you know how to use it properly
If your fridge or freezer has the option, switch it to an energy efficient mode – obviously you can’t turn this particular appliance off, but you can at least get it working a bit more efficiently.
If you have a dishwasher, don’t put it on with only a few items in. Similarly, make sure you fill your washing machine to maximise its use.
When you make a cuppa or brew in the morning, boil what you need as opposed to the maximum volume – it’s surprising how much energy would be saved if everyone did this!
Applying the same principle mentioned above in regards to appliances, switch off lights in rooms when you don’t need them on. So many people leave their lights on all day without thinking about saving energy, a high electricity bill perhaps being the only way of shocking them into sense.
When you do use lights, you will also want to make sure that you use energy saving bulbs – they may cost a little more, but they will save you a fair amount if used effectively.
Ok, this may take a little longer to come into effect, but planting a tree outside your house can really help. A tree on the side of your house that usually gets sun the most will keep you cooler in the summer whilst in the winter it will allow sun through just when you need it.
This method is best used with older houses that don’t have the energy efficiency built in the same way as their younger counterparts.
Keeping on top of your energy use, and make sure that you have your house set up to ensure it is being used efficiently, is vital if you want to keep the energy bills down.
With this advice you should be able to save some money, which you can then use to better effect elsewhere.
Louisa Jenkins is an energy expert who gives tips to people who want to improve energy efficiency within their home