We are all too aware of the need to save energy, and after centuries of fossil fuel burning, we are only now beginning to take the environmental issues seriously, and if you would like to reduce your carbon footprint at home and save some money in the process, here are a few tips on saving energy at home.
- Service the Heating System – If your thermostat is inaccurate or the system is old, the chances are you are using more energy than you need. If, for example, your boiler has seen better days, there are services such as the Oldham gas boiler and central heating installation fitted by professional heating engineers, and a new system will run efficiently. You are advised to service the boiler twice a year, once before winter and again in the following autumn, which will ensure that your boiler is working efficiently.
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- Check the Home Insulation – So much heat can escape from a poorly insulated building, mainly through the roof, windows and doors, so if you haven’t got double glazing, now is the time to consider it. The loft should be well-insulated with thick fibreglass insulation that comes in rolls, and you might want to think about cavity wall insulation, which will really make a difference. If the home is well-insulated, the heat will remain longer, and the boiler will not have to fire up so often, thus saving energy. Here are some more useful tips on saving energy at home, which might help.
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- Turn the Temperature Down – If you wear a sweater in the evenings, for example, you can turn down the heating a little, and even a few degrees will result in a saving. In the winter months, resist the urge to switch off the heating at night, otherwise the house will become very cold, and in the morning, the boiler will have to work overtime to get the temperature back to a comfortable level. Clever use of the thermostat can save a little here and there, and you should have a fully programmable thermostat, which allows you to set various temperatures at specific times of the day or night.
- Turn Off Unused Appliances – We tend to do things with the TV or radio on in the background, or perhaps we leave the DVD player on standby, which does use power, and by getting used to turning appliances off when not in use, you are saving more energy. If you want to boil some water for a coffee, only fill the kettle with enough water for a single cup, rather than heating water you are not going to use.
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- Remove the Bathtub and Convert to a Shower – While it is nice to lay back in a hot bath after a hard day at work, it does use a lot of energy, and by showering, you will save on both water and energy. Today’s showers are incredibly efficient and use much less water, and by removing that bathtub, you will have some extra floor space.
There are many ways to make your home eco-friendlier, and if you implement all of the above and have your heating system serviced on a regular basis, your carbon footprint will be greatly reduced.