During the colder months, we can be forgiven for ramping up our central heating systems at home and in turn, receiving energy bills that are higher than average. Britain is decidedly cold at this time of year but there’s a constant reminder in the media and from local councils that we need to be more energy efficient and that includes the homes we live in.
Being aware of how to make your home more environmentally friendly is more important now than ever before but what steps can you take to make sure your house is complying? Here are some of our top tips on how to make your home more energy efficient and in turn, how to potentially reduce those dreaded gas and electricity bills:
Change up your light bulbs
A great start to reducing your energy consumption is to reassess what light bulbs you’re using throughout your home. Light Emitting Diodes, or LED’s, are a common switch-up for those looking to save a bit of energy; not only are they longer-lasting, they’re recyclable so totally environmentally friendly. According to the Energy Saving Trust, replacing a traditional lightbulb with a CFL, or Compact Flourescent Lamp, could save you about £30 a year. Not great shakes but every little helps!
Be mindful of your switching-on habits
On the same thread, you could help to save energy by being more mindful of your switching-on and switching-off habits at home. If you’re not in a room, make sure that all lights are turned off and try to wait a bit longer in the evenings before you switch everything on. It’s easier during Summer months as we enjoy longer, brighter nights but you could save energy, and money, by paying a bit more attention to when you’re turning lights on and off at home.
Always check energy ratings
If you weren’t aware, the EU has an energy rating system for all products and appliances and it’s important to be aware of what each rating means. The system rates electrical items from A++ to E: with A++ being the ultimate energy efficient rating with the scale following suit and E being the least energy efficient. When purchasing new electrical items for your home, always be sure to check the energy rating and try to aim for a product with at least an A rating. You’ll save some cash and help the environment out at the same time by doing so.
Don’t be a waster
In the UK we waste, on average, 7 million tonnes of food and drink every single year. That waste costs the average household £470 per annum and this rises for a family with children. The statistics speak for themselves. Reducing your waste output could make a huge difference to the environment. Plus, you could save yourself some serious cash. Plan your food shop ahead and make more of leftovers. Most meals can be frozen if needs be, helping to reduce your waste and also save some pennies.
Invest in your windows
Investing in your homes windows might not seem like the most exciting way to spend your hard-earned money but energy efficient windows have a massive impact. As you heat your home, a large amount of heat is lost through your windows particularly in the colder Winter months. Windows that aren’t double-glazed are a big concern and should be invested in to make your house more ecologically friendly. You’ll not only benefit from being warmer but they are fantastic sound-proofers. In short, double-glazing your windows is totally worth the money.
Cooper Weston have a raft of Energy Saving services on offer to help make your home more environmentally efficient. Give us a call today on 0800 669 6229 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more and see how we can help.