How To Improve The Energy Efficiency Of Your Home

As the temperature drops, energy efficiency sometimes recedes in importance. But before those big bills drop, here are a few tips on how to make your home more energy efficient.

Being energy efficient is a great way of cutting down on household bills while simultaneously helping to reduce your carbon footprint. Here at Homyze we’ve put together a number of every-day and long-term tips to help you lower your energy usage around the home.

Lights

A rather simple piece of advice but a great one; simply turning off unused lights helps to keep down one of the biggest offenders of the householder’s rising energy bill. While changing to more efficient bulbs such as Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CLFs) or Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) can save you up to £50 throughout the bulb’s lifespan.

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Boiler

Accounting for over half of a home’s energy bills, having an efficient boiler is a great place to start when looking to be more energy efficient. Upgrading to a modern condensing boiler with a higher rating is ideal, but can be expensive and may take awhile to fully feel the benefits. A cheaper alternative can be as simple as upgrading your heating controls to help give a more precise reading.

Replacing Old Appliances

Getting rid of old appliances may seem expensive an expensive task at first, but replacing them with more energy efficient models can help save you a fair amount of money in the long run.

When deciding upon your new appliances, it’s important you buy the size right for your needs, and keep usage to a minimum by only using when required.

Fridge

One of the biggest culprits of energy waste within the home is the kitchen fridge, and some of the best ways of being more energy efficient couldn’t be easier.

Uncovered liquids are a prime cause of moisture build up within the fridge, which in turn leads to an overworked fridge. Proper storage can easily resolve this.

Opening the door as little as possible also sounds like a fairly obvious piece of advice, but the constant loss of cold air repeatedly forces your fridge to overwork in a bid to replace it.

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Smart Meters

Similar to traditional energy meters in measuring your household energy use, smart meters also accurately indicate the total cost and the periods your energy use is at its highest. Perfect for helping you to understand and adjust the energy you use on a daily basis.

Water

With 21% of our energy bills going towards heating water, learning to be more efficient with our usage is another great way of keeping those bills down. Simple tips such as upgrading to more efficient showerheads, and ensuring dishwashers and washing machines are filled and set to energy efficient settings are key.

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Switching Utilities

While it may be something you continuously put off doing, looking around at different energy providers and tariffs can be a great way of saving money. Many also offer discounts depending on how you pay such as through a direct debit.

Produce your own energy

Solar panels are currently a great way of saving extra cash and reducing reliance on costly fossil fuels. While initially costly to install, a typical home on average saves over £600 a year by using renewable energy sources.

Let us know what you think of these tips on how to make your home more energy efficient! If you need some help with your heating and boilers, our professional tradesmen are here to help!