In this day and age, energy conservation is essential, not only for saving energy bills, but the environment at large. As we look for more efficient energy sources, it is important to conserve the sources we currently have. In this post, we are going to discuss five simple and straightforward ways to save energy (and money) in your home!
1. Install LED Low Voltage Bulbs
Replacing your bulbs with the low-voltage LED type is one of the easiest and most straightforward ways of saving energy in your home. LED bulbs are readily available in supermarkets, so you can get them alongside your regular shopping. LED bulbs have greatly advanced in the past several years and have the same brightness as conventional light bulbs. As such, the only change you can expect is a reduction in the electricity bill. Light-emitting diode bulbs consume a whopping 90% less energy compared to their halogen counterparts and last 50 times longer. So, by making this change, you could be looking at roughly £35 in savings per year.
2. Get Water-Saving Showerheads
Many believe that taking a shower is more efficient than a bath, but this is not always the case. For instance, high-volume showers use more water than the average bathtub. If you use an electric shower, this one is not meant for you as they are designed to only heat water on demand. However, if your shower takes hot water from your hot water tank or boiler, then you may want to consider a water-saving showerhead. This can save you as much as £115 per year on water bills and £70 on gas.
3. Replace Your Extension Cables with Smart Power Strips
We use an array of devices, and it’s not surprising to come across extension leads. Nowadays, you can get smart power strips, which look like normal extension cables but are designed to turn all standby devices at a go. Also, it is possible to get variations with a timer, allowing you to schedule them to turn off while you are sleeping. Smart power strips go for around £15 for basic models, but they will ensure your devices are not consuming energy when not in use.
4. Insulate the Attic and Eaves
You should start by sealing draughts around the loft hatch. You can achieve this with cheap strip insulation as you would on a door. Remember to insulate the flat roof, attic or loft as well. This is a simple project and should be effective for decades, repaying for itself many times over. Strip rolls cost around £20 each and, in some cases, can qualify for a grant from the government. Overall, you will be looking at £250 in savings per year on your energy bills by insulating the eaves and the attic.
5. Seal the Gaps around Windows and Doors
If you reside in a period house, you might notice draughts (newer houses are usually well draught proofed). If you can feel the chill, keep in mind that you are also losing energy and money. In addition to the doors, you’ll also want to check gaps around the chimney, windows and floors. Professional draught excluding is not cheap, but you can apply self-adhesive foam, plastic, or metal strips to fit in particularly huge gaps and silicone sealant for smaller draughts. Letterbox flaps and keyhole covers are other easy wins. You can easily find these in your local hardware shop.
And there you have it, five simple and straightforward ways to save energy in your home. You will not only be looking at reduced bills but living as a person who is conscious about the environment. These serviced apartments in Newbury conform to high energy saving standards.