Top Energy Efficient And Cost Effective Ways To Power And Heat Your Home
Summer is unfortunately coming to an end, and we need to start thinking about how we can heat and power our homes in an energy efficient way that won’t end up costing us an arm and a leg. These top ways can help you with all of that, keeping you feeling toasty in the upcoming colder and darker months;
- Use Your Thermostat Effectively – Many people set their thermostat at a higher temperature than they need. An effective way to check if you can save money on your heating is to turn it down a degree each day until you think it’s slightly too cold. This will let you figure out what the lowest temperature you can set your thermostat at that is comfortable for you. You can save around 1 to 3 percent on your heating bills for every degree you turn down.
- Brighten Up Your Home – The days will start to get darker much more quickly so you will need to start turning on your lights for longer. To make sure you are not spending large amounts on your electricity bills, it is more energy efficient and cost effective to switch to LED lights. They come in a range of different styles so it shouldn’t be too difficult to make the transition without impacting on your home’s existing design.
- Help Your Feet To Feel Toasty Warm – Underfloor heating is a great way to heat your home whilst saving on energy costs. Although it may cost more initially to fit, underfloor heating can evenly distribute heat through a room, rather than it being from one or two sources such as a radiator. If it is installed by an accomplished plumber you could save between 15- 40% on your heating bills compared with traditional radiators. Not only are they more energy efficient, they also have a better impact on the environment as they reduced CO2 emissions.
- Insulate Your House – There is no point in heating your home if it is not insulated properly, as the heat will quickly escape. You should ensure that there are no gaps between windows and doors and, if possible, insulate your loft to prevent heat from escaping upwards. If you can feel a draught from the bottom of any doors a quick fix is to buy a draught excluder to keep out the cold air.
- Use Energy Efficient Appliances – Electrical appliances can contribute to a big part of you energy bills so it is no wonder that you would want to switch to more energy efficient ones. By making this transition you may start to notice the effects immediately, saving you a satisfactory amount on your energy bills.
- Turn Everything Off By The Mains – There are probably so many electrical items that you leave on all the time, using electricity when they are not even needed. By switching everything off and not just leaving it on standby you could save a significant amount of money – that means things like TV’s, gaming equipment, kitchen appliances (not the fridge/freezer!) and any other electrical equipment.
Now that you know how you can save more this autumn and winter, you can enjoy both the savings that you have made and a much warmer, cosier home.
This post was written by Ekta Mair who, after using LED Ecolite for all of her lighting and Underfloor Trade Store for her underfloor heating, has noticed the regular savings she has made by switching over.