Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

With winter on the way you might be bracing yourself to shell out more on your energy bills than you have been doing in recent months. However, this doesn’t necessarily need to be the case, particularly if you’re willing to make your home more energy-efficient. Check out these simple tips:

Get your boiler serviced

Temperatures are sure to turn chilly over the next few months, so now could be an ideal time to arrange a boiler service. A Gas Safe registered engineer will be able to pick up on any issues and resolve them for you. This could make it far easier to get your home at the right temperature, which in turn should help to keep your energy bills down. If you have boiler insurance it might be worth checking your policy as some plans include an annual check-up as standard.

Bleed your radiators

If you’re confident your boiler is working as it should be, it’s worth taking a look at your radiators. Sometimes cold spots can develop, leaving a room feeling a little less toasty than it perhaps should be. This is a simple problem to fix, as all you need to do is bleed your radiator. This is easy to do, but if you’re not sure how to do it why not follow a step-by-step guide online?

Improve your insulation

If your home feels a little draughty on occasion it might be time to improve its insulation. This can be done in a number of ways, but perhaps the most cost-effective method is blocking gaps with self-adhesive strips. It’s also worth fitting a keyhole cover and using a draught excluder on your letterbox. Of course, if you’re willing to spend a little more you could go for wall or loft insulation. This is an investment that will pay for itself over time, so is well worth doing if you can.

Fit energy-saving light bulbs

Once the nights draw in and Christmas edges closer some homes, it’s probably fair to say, are lit up like Blackpool Illuminations! However, if you want to avoid taking a financial blow from your energy supplier it’s worth making the switch to energy-saving bulbs. The Energy Saving Trust estimates a home using inefficient bulbs could make annual savings of around £55 by swapping them for the more modern alternatives. It’s also worth making an effort to switch off lights when they’re not needed and use lamps and candles to reduce wastage still further.

Buy new appliances

Older appliances can often be less energy efficient than newer ones, so whether it’s your fridge, TV or microwave making a change could be good news for your bills. If you like a cuppa, you could also switch to an eco-kettle and make a conscious effort to only fill it with as much water as you need.

Find out your home’s energy performance

Just as you can find out the efficiency of an appliance, so too can you for your home. If you’re looking to save money on your energy bills (and in the current economic climate who’d say no to that?) viewing your Energy Performance Certificate is well worth doing. Your property will be given a rating, from A for very efficient through to G for inefficient and a potential rating if certain improvements are made. If you don’t currently have access to one it might be worth contacting one of the accredited Domestic Energy Assessors and asking them to carry out a survey.


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