From small day-to-day changes to larger modifications, there are many different ways to improve your home’s green credentials. Here are 4 eco-friendly tips to get you started:
Switch your bulbs
This is the simplest, small step to becoming more eco friendly. By replacing all your current bulbs with energy efficient ones, you could save around £40 over the lifetime of the bulbs. If your bulbs are currently a very high wattage, you could save even more by switching.
At present, inefficient light bulbs are steadily disappearing from UK shops and being phased out in favour of energy saving ones. It’s no wonder, as they last up to 10 times longer than ordinary bulbs and save you money as well as energy.
Even with energy saving bulbs in place, it’s important not to be wasteful. If you’ve finished using a light – make sure you switch it off.
Efficient insulation is one of the best ways to avoid wasted energy and help keep your utility bills down. You can insulate a number of areas in your home; walls, loft spaces, under flooring and pipes. Around a third of all heat lost in a badly insulated home is through the walls.
If a property was built post 1920, it’s likely that the walls will be made up of 2 layers with a small cavity between them. By filling in this gap with cavity wall insulation, you can help reduce heat loss and could save around £110 a year on your fuel bills. Using less energy reduces carbon dioxide emissions – which are one of the biggest causes of climate change.
You could also look to fit insulation under your floorboards, in a loft space and get double-glazing if you haven’t already. Even draught proofing your home can make a big difference and is inexpensive to do. Draught proofing strips around windows and doors as well as draught excluders are all cheap ways to cut energy wastage.
Solar panels are becoming increasingly popular in the UK thanks to the government’s feed-in tariff. By fitting solar panels to your roof, you could enjoy reduced energy bills and could also make some money into the bargain. The current government scheme allows households to sell any excess energy they create from solar panels back to the national grid.
Check your home’s suitability for the panels and always make sure you go with a reputable installation company.
If you have an old, inefficient boiler it could be wasting energy and money. Boilers account for around 60% of your annual energy bill, so it could be worth considering an upgrade.
By replacing an old G-rated boiler with a new high efficiency, condensing boiler and improving your heating controls, you could help significantly reduce your carbon dioxide emissions. This in turn could help you make a saving of around £225 a year.
Finally, remember to speak to your house insurance provider before making any large modifications to your home (such as solar panels). Adapting your home in any way could have insurance implications, so it’s best to chat things through with your provider before going ahead.
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