We’d all like to save money – especially when it comes to our energy bills. But did you know that there are lots of little ways that you can make a difference to your monthly outgoings? And improve the heating and insulation in your home?
Here we’ll take a look at some of the ways you can make your home more energy efficient and save you and your family money, in the process.
Consider your flooring
How old is the carpet in your home? Did you know that a poorly fitted carpet can allow heat to escape? Which in turn makes you crank up the thermostat? Firms such as discount flooring depot have an amazing range of thick pile carpets – as well as well fitted underlays. Ideal for retaining heat and making the room lovely and cosy.
Invest in curtains
Many homes lose heat through the windows. So, it’s a good idea to invest in some high quality, fully lined curtains. This will help prevent a lot of heat from escaping and will also make your home look good too!
Consider replacing your windows
Your windows can also cause you to lose a lot of heat during the winter months, and cool air during the summer months. This can really be detrimental when it comes to your energy costs over the year. Some of the older types of windows aren’t as energy efficient as you would like for them to be. Double panel windows and other vinyl frames are much better than single pane windows and aluminium frames.
Update your appliances
If you are shopping for new appliances to help make your home more energy efficient, look for appliances that have a high energy efficiency rating. While they may cost you a bit more in the beginning it’s much more of an investment for you, this is because it will save you money in the long run.
Update Your Fans
If you are shopping for new fans to help make your home more energy efficient, look for ceiling fans that have a high energy efficiency rating. While they may cost you a bit more in the beginning it’s much more of an investment for you, this is because it will save you money in the long run.
Switch everything off when it’s not in use!
We’re all guilty of leaving the T.V on standby. But did you know how much you could save over the course of a year if you remembered to turn it off at the mains? An idle printer, desktop computer, microwave ovens and coffee makers equipped with LED clocks running all night when not in use, all consume power. Switch them off when you don’t need them immediately.
Even try to switch off your refrigerator when you are planning to go away from home for a long time. These small savings will eventually turn to big savings once you calculate the amount of energy saved by the end of year.
Get a programmable thermostat
A programmable thermostat is another efficient way to cut down energy usage in your home. When you’re away, set the thermostat to higher temperature and to low in cooler months. A programmable thermostat doesn’t cost much and the money saved by reducing energy usage can be used to pay for it in few months!