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How you can Save Energy at Home

How you can Save Energy at Home

Nowadays more and more of us are going ‘green’ in our homes. Our kids are taught from an early age at school that energy saving is good for the environment, the TV and printed media are full of tips and tricks to help out here and more and more companies are producing environmentally friendly energy saving products and solutions. But, this isn’t just about helping conserve the environment and combating climate change (important as those issues are). Given the state of the economic climate at the moment it makes even more sense to think about changing your ways here as some of the things that you can do to help the environment will also save you money on your energy bills into the bargain. So, let’s take a look at some top tips to save energy in your home:

Switching off

You can save energy (and money!) by getting into the habit of turning things off in your home. This can include lights and electrical devices such as TVs, computers and so on. Don’t get into the habit of leaving things on Standby. This still sucks up electricity.

Lights

If you switch regular light bulbs to energy saving compact bulbs then you can save a significant amount of energy. These bulbs last longer (potentially up to 12 times as long) and use less electricity so this is a savings winner as well!

Heating

If you have central heating then consider turning the thermostat down. Just going down one degree can save energy. Try not to have the heating on all the time — wearing sweaters is a good ‘delay’ option here! Also, if you have radiators, think about turning them off in rooms that are not regularly used. You should bleed radiators regularly as well to make sure that they do not have air trapped in them and that they working to optimum efficiency. It’s also worth considering replacing an old boiler with a more efficient condensing unit if you can.

Windows

You can lose an awful lot of heat through draughty windows so double glazing is a good option here. If you cannot afford double glazing right now then make sure to draught proof your windows and doors as much as you can to keep the heat in.

Insulation

Insulating your loft or attic is also highly recommended. Again, a lot of heat can escape through your roof if you don’t take measures to keep it in the house with some adequate insulation. You should also make sure that your hot water tank is insulated at the same time.

Appliances

If you are thinking about buying a new kitchen appliance such as a washing machine or fridge then look for a model with a top grade energy rating.

Conclusion

You don’t have to make changes all at once to make a start saving energy. Often the changes that make a difference will cost nothing or very little but they could make a significant difference to your energy and money saving needs. This can be a real blessing when it comes to getting your next energy bill — saving any money that you can here will help most of us out a lot. One last thing to remember, if you are investing in a major energy saving outlay such as a major appliance or boiler, for example, then make sure that you have the right kind of home insurance or breakdown policy in place to protect yourself in case something goes wrong.