4 Key Energy-Saving Tips for Homeowners
The average household in the UK uses 3,100 kWh of electricity per year. That’s a lot of energy and a lot of money that households are spending on energy bills.
Using less energy is good for your wallet and the world, but how can you do it? What changes should you be making?
We’re here to talk about it. Read on for four energy-saving tips.
1. Make Sure Your Boiler Is in Good Condition
Did you know that an old or malfunctioning boiler could be using up too much energy? This is an easy change to make, but it’s one that you may never have thought of!
It’s a good idea to have a professional visit to determine if your boiler is using up more energy than it should be. If it is, they can either make repairs or recommend that you purchase a new one that’s more energy efficient.
2. Upgrade Your Appliances and Plumbing
Speaking of making changes around the house, it might be time to upgrade your outdated appliances and plumbing.
Old appliances may be effective, but they’re not usually efficient. If you’re committed to saving energy, it’s time to replace them.
New stoves, washers and dryers, dishwashers, and even faucets will make a huge difference. It can be expensive to buy all of these things, but these are items that will last for a long time. The one-time expense is worth it when you consider how much money you’ll be able to save on your electric bill.
3. Adjust Your Light Usage
Are you guilty of leaving your lights on when you don’t need to? You’re not alone. Many people make this simple mistake and wonder why their energy bills are so high.
When you’re not in a room, turn the light off. If you struggle to remember to do that, consider putting your lights on timers so they’ll turn off on their own.
If you must keep some lights on (for example, if you prefer to return home to at least one light on at night), switch to energy-efficient lightbulbs. LED lightbulbs use far less energy than standard ones and they last longer.
They’re so affordable that you can easily switch all of your lightbulbs to LED bulbs without breaking the bank.
Bonus tip: on sunny days during the cooler months, keep your windows uncovered. You can use natural light and the sun will warm your home without a heater.
4. Seal Doorways and Windows
If air is getting in and out of your home, you’re wasting energy.
If you’re running your heater or air conditioner, make sure your doors and window are closed. You should also ensure that there are no cracks. Sealing your doorways and windows will ensure that no air gets in or out.
Bonus tip: on sunny days during the summer, sealing may not be enough to keep the heat out of your home! Cover your windows during the day to cool your home without the use of air conditioning.
Try These Energy-Saving Tips
Looking for ways to save energy at home is a great way to save money and do your part for the environment. These energy-saving tips are a great place to start!
Are you interested in replacing or repairing your boiler so you can reduce your energy usage? Contact us and we’ll be available to help right away!