Improving the energy efficiency of your home is a clear and necessary consideration for many reasons. To begin with, energy prices are going up, and expected to rise a great deal in a short period. For this reason, adding some further efficiency in how we utilize that energy is key towards saving money from our monthly budget.
Furthermore, energy efficiency is environmentally friendly and good for our household. This can help you reduce your emissions and ensure that the energy you do use will be put to use as needed.
But how can you improve that efficiency? In this post, we’ll discuss this and more:
Investing in your roofing and wall insulation can make a big difference, often lasting for up to and over a decade. This can help you retain the heat which will mean you need to use less of it to stay toasty and warm, without having to go without essential ventilation that can help a space stay fresh. You’ll also find that insulation comes into play via better implementation, such as well-installed new windows that are properly sealed and insulated with UPVC panelling as necessary.
Electronics that switch to standby mode or turn off can save you a great deal of electricity draw each week. Setting plug sockets to turn off after a given amount of time, setting devices to do the same after a period of inactivity, and installing motion-sensitive lights that turn off should they not detect movement can also be key.
Bleeding radiators will help them become more energy efficient over time, including making that space easier to warm with less heating. The official guidance suggests bleeding them around twice a year, but if you really want to be efficient, once a season can be key (aside from the summer seasons when they’re less likely to be used, of course).
Purchase high EPC-Rating Devices
You’ve likely seen the EPC rating symbol on electronic devices such as televisions or refrigerators, often rated on a graded number scale from A to G. It’s good, then, to purchase devices that are closer to the A than the G, which is often defined by power draw and energy efficiency, such as how much energy is converted into heat to perform its function. High EPC-rating devices can make a big difference should you combine a range of them in your household, potentially cutting out energy inefficiency by tens of percent.
Consider Timing & Convenience
You’ll likely find that timing and convenience works wonders when you wish to reduce your energy budget. Setting your heating to only come on in the winter mornings and an hour in the evenings, for instance, can give you a nice balance, while meal prepping all of your potential meals of the week via a large Sunday cooking session can also be useful. The more you do that, the better off you’ll be.
With this advice, you’re almost certain to improve the energy efficiency of your home going forward. We hope this helps you save money in the long term.