Increase Your Home’s Energy Efficiency
With energy costs increasing all the time most people are looking for ways to reduce their utility bills. Technology and innovation are helping to make this simpler, but there are other things you can do to help too.
Lower Your Heating Temperature
If you lower the temperature of your heating by just 2 degrees it is unlikely that any of the family will notice. Use the timer to turn the heating off when no one is at home or at night when you are all snuggled up nice and warm in bed. Experts say that these adjustments can reduce the cost of heating your home by between 5% and 15% a year.
Check Out Your Windows
You can use a lot of heat through your windows, or they can be drafty and let cold air in. You can seal any gaps and apply a sheet of shrink film to any older windows you have but a better option is to replace them with modern, energy efficient new ones.
Pinehurst Window, a full service from design through to manufacture and installation are warranted from bowing or bending, use 40% reclaimed materials and are energy efficient. These are a home improvement that is well worth investing in, if not now, when you eventually need to replace your current windows.
Change Your Light Bulbs
Incandescent light bulbs are no longer manufactured. These days they are either halogen bulbs or a light emitting diode (LED). These are both much more energy efficient and last may time longer than the old style bulbs. If you still have any incandescent light bulbs in your home change them now to start saving money.
This might not seem a great way to save money but as the average home in the US has 40 light bulbs the savings can amount to a significant amount.
Turn Tech Off
Every computer, TV or anything else that is left in standby overnight costs you about $1 a week. Just add up how many items you have in your home that are left in this condition, multiply the number of 52 and see how much you could be saving by turning them off properly. Although they will not use quite so much power, phone chargers that are left plugged in will also increase your energy bill.
Most people know that heat rises and that is what happens in your home. If your attic is not insulated about 35% of the heat you generate will disappear through your roof.
There are many different types of loft insulation on the market and it really depends on what you use your attic for as to which is the best option.
If you have cavity walls you should have those insulated too. Insulation will help to keep your home warmer in the winter months and cooler in the summer months. That results in less heating and less air conditioning is needed and it can reduce your energy costs by a lot of dollars.
Replace Old Equipment
Equipment such as dishwashers and washing machines were not made as energy efficient as they are now. If yours are old replace them with newer models to reduce their energy and water consumption. Even smaller items such as kettles and toasters use more energy the older they get.
Just as an example, a modern dishwasher will use about 60% of the power and 10 gallons a week less water if it is used just once a day. You can save even more by washing your laundry with cold water. It is a common misconception that only hot water will get your clothes cleans. Modern washing powders are just as effective in cold water and your laundry will keep its colors for longer.
Computers are something else you can save energy costs on by replacing them. For instance, experts say that a laptop uses 80% less power than a desktop computer, and although laptops are not cheap, it could save you money in the long run.
Install A Storm Door
For a little as $75, you can buy a storm door that will last for 25 years or more. It will give you an added layer of protection to keep the cold and damp out of your home. The US Department of Energy says that a storm door can reduce the loss of heat through a door by up to 50% and that could reduce your energy bill by quite a bit.
There are many little ways to save on your energy bill such as making sure lights are turned off when a room is not in use. Some of these little things will not make a huge difference on their own but when they are all put in place you will notice a significant drop in your energy bills.