10 Top Tips for Saving Energy in the Home

Saving EnergyEveryone can save energy. And everyone can realize how important it is to save energy and conserve resources – the environmental cost of wasting energy is high. Plus, if your home uses too much energy then you pay out too much on your household heating and lighting bills. Cutting your energy usage and being efficient with your heating and lighting brings many benefits. Here are 10 key ways you can do your bit and reduce your home energy footprint.

Top 10 Energy Saving Tips
1. Turn down your thermostat. If you turn down your thermostat by 1 degree you are unlikely to start feeling the cold, and you could save up to £100 a year on your bills. Alternatively, install a programmer that you can set so your heating comes on when you need it. You don’t waste money and energy heating an empty room and the house can be warm when you come home from work.

2. Close your curtains. Obviously you want to let in light during the day – and heat, to keep the room warm – but at dusk you should close the curtains to trap heat in the room.

3. Install draught excluders on doors and windows. If your house is not new then it will probably be losing heat through small cracks in the windows and under the doors. Buy silicone sealant to apply to window frames, and draught excluders for the bottom of doors.

4. Turn off the lights when you leave a room, even if you are leaving for just a few minutes.

5. Turn down your water heater – you don’t want to be heating your water too hot. In this case you control the temperature by adding extra cold water but the energy has already been used to heat the water to too-high a temperature.

6. Don’t leave appliances plugged in when you are not using them. Make sure you don’t leave phones and tablets charging once they have completed.

7. Fill the washing machine and the dishwasher up completely as much as possible. It is more energy efficient to do one full wash than two half washes. Some people have installed flow meters as a way to keep track of how much water they’re using throughout their entire home.

8. Use low-energy light bulbs in your home. Change regular light bulbs to energy efficient bulbs in all the fittings in your home. You can buy different bulbs for different fittings, including halogen bulbs for spotlights.

9. Boil only as much water as you need in the kettle.

10. Fix dripping hot water taps – a dripping tap wastes a lot of water, not to mention the energy it take to heat the water.

Importance of Energy Savings
If you are selling your home or putting a property up for rent then energy saving takes on a new importance. Every home must have an energy performance certificate assessment before it can be put on the market. The energy performance certificate (EPC) is a measure of how much energy the property uses, and approximately how much it costs to heat the building, in order that the premises can be compared with other buildings and that prospective buyers or tenants will know more about its energy use. You can get an EPC from sites such as epcuk.org.

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