Top 10 most cost-efficient ways to save energy at home
1) Bleed radiators
Air bubbles can sometimes get stuck in your heating system. These can cause bubbling noises or even lead to radiators not working at full capacity. Bleeding your radiators to remove trapped air using your radiator key will remove these pockets of air, keeping your heating system in tip-top shape.
2) Install LED bulbs
LED bulbs are significantly more efficient than halogen bulbs. LED lighting is more environmentally friendly and the bulbs last longer. Although the bulbs themselves can be more expensive, it’s estimated that they can save you up to 90% on your bills.
3) Lock doors and windows
If you have your heating on but your windows are open, then the precious hot air you’ve paid for is essentially being ‘thrown’ out of the window. So make sure to close all doors and windows. Going a step further and locking windows typically creates a tighter seal, leaving your house warmer and your heating system more cost-effective.
4) Switch suppliers
Scouring the market for the best suppliers is an effective strategy to lower your energy prices. Collective energy switching, where you register for a group buying scheme and suppliers bids competitive rates, can be an effective way to get the best utility deals. Why not register for collective switching with iChoosr today?
5) Home insulation
Home insulation could save you hundreds of pounds on your energy bills. Installing double glazing, fitting carpets, draught proofing and insulating suspended floors are all effective methods of insulating your home. But, where and how should you insulate first? Addressing problems such as draughts, fitting loft insulation and installing double glazing, are all good places to start.
6) Gaps in stripped wooden floors
The small gaps in your stripped wooden floors can be the equivalent of a small window when it comes to adding pounds onto your heating bill. According to the Energy Saving Trust, filling the gaps between the floor and the skirting board can save you £20 a year. There are plenty of DIY products on the market to help you fill these gaps, so there’s no excuse not to give it a try.
7) Chimney balloon or draught excluder
Unused fireplaces allow draughts of cold air into the house. A chimney balloon or draught excluder could save you money on your energy bills by helping keep the warm air in and the cold air out.
8) Double glazing
According to a study by leading glazing supplier Saint-Gobain Group, if you live in a detached property, double glazing could save as much as £8,311 and 22 tonnes of CO2 over a 20-year period. Maintaining your windows and replacing blown panels can keep your house insulated and save you money down the line.
9) Install an efficient boiler
Replacing your boiler with a newer, more efficient model could save you money in the long run. A controller system giving you more flexibility could also help you save. Installing Nest or a similar home management system means you have the ability to turn the heating (and lighting) off when you aren’t at home, saving you money.
10) Cavity wall insulation
Houses built after 1990 usually have wall insulation as standard, but if your house is older then installing cavity wall insulation could save you as much as £155 a year in heating bills.
Follow our top tips for improving the energy efficiency of your home and you’ll save more than just energy – you’ll save money, too. Remember to check with your insurance company before carrying out any works to your home. Adding double glazing and better locks to your home, for instance, may bring your premium down.