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Saving Energy In Your Home

The phrase of 2022 seems to be “Cost of Living Crisis” and it is a cause for concern. Inflation is rising, which in real terms means that what we buy costs more in comparison to what we earn.

Energy is a key concern and families are seeing a huge increase in their gas and electric bills. The average house now pays a lot more as the energy cap continues to rise and it looks like it will end the year at around £2,800, from £1,277 in January.

So, now, more than ever, it’s time to make savings and invest money where it will benefit us most in the longer-term. We can all reduce our energy consumption – a great habit to get into for saving money and for saving the planet.

Understand your energy current usage

Save Energy In Your Home

If you want to improve your energy efficiency, one of the most important things to understand is how you use your energy now. To save money where it matters, you need to get a better picture of your energy consumption and habits.

A smart meter can help you keep track of your energy use and spending. You can also set a budget on your smart meter so that you receive a notification when you’re nearing your limit, encouraging mindful energy usage. Often energy companies will offer free energy consumption devices, so what have you got to lose?

Do fuller, colder washes and dry outside

save money on your daily washing

Summer can be hot and some clothes need washing more. But, save your washing and do fewer, bulkier loads. You’ll save energy, water and make more detergent last longer. And, while you are at it, try washing on a colder temperature for clothes that just need freshening up.

Swap your tumble dryer for outdoor line drying or an indoor airer. Not only will this save your energy usage in the summer months, but will also reduce wear and tear on your dryer, stretching its lifespan.

Don't leave appliances on standby

energy saving - turn off appliances

According to the Energy Savings Trust, the average household spends around £55 per year powering appliances left on standby in the UK.

So, if you have quite a few electrical devices, it’s worth bearing in mind that switching appliances and devices off could save you some pennies!

That includes TVs, dishwashers, microwaves, washing machines, ovens, phone chargers, smart speakers, and kettles, to name just a few.

Cut back on water usage

use less water to save money at home

About 12% of a typical gas heated household’s energy bill is from heating the water for showers, baths and hot water from the tap (Energy Trust).

So, while we don’t necessarily think about saving energy when using water, with energy prices rising this cost will also rise.

Put your boiler on only when you need it, or reduce the hours on your timer. One hour per day less equals 365 hours a year, that’s over two weeks of heating time saved.

Try replacing long baths with quick showers and you will also save water and energy.

Be clever about staying cool

Manage your home heating in an energy efficient way

While it’s tempting to open windows and doors during hot weather, you could be letting warm in during the day. Keeping windows closed with your blinds and curtains drawn will block direct sunlight from making your house warmer.

You can then open your windows at night as the temperature drops to help circulate cooler, fresher air around your home.

Similarly, it is also important to remain mindful when using fans and air conditioning units. While the cool air offers relief, it can significantly impact your energy usage when used for long periods. When in use, consider using your fan more wisely by positioning it at floor level to help circulate cooler air as opposed to warm risen air.

Invest in energy efficient windows and doors

Save energy loss at home with double glazing

Ineffective windows and doors are a leading factor in energy loss around the home, with the average home losing 10% of its heat through windows and 15% through doors.

Although this is not a short-term answer to saving money now, when considering the long-term impact of rising energy bills an investment in replacement windows and doors could make a lot of difference to your bills in years to come depending on energy prices. This is especially true if your current windows and doors are older and less efficient than new glazing technology.

Reduce heat loss with quality triple and double glazed windows in a range of styles to suit your home.

Secure, energy-efficient composite doors, bi-folding doors, patio and French doors. PVCu and aluminium.

Quality conservatories with warm-roofs for an all-year-round room, reduced heat loss and energy savings.

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