It is expensive for your pockets to have heated air escape your home. According to a recent study, on average, UK homes spend about £95 per month or £1,138 a year on energy bills. This is by no means cheap as the lowest price was around £77 per month.
More studies have shown that gas and electricity contribute significantly to the monthly expenses homes incur. So, how can you make your home be more energy efficient to reduce your energy bills and save more? Here are a few smart tips you should consider.
1. Test your doors and windows
Your doors and windows ensure that your efforts to cut energy costs are effective and efficient. If your home does not have an airtight seal, you will find that you would need to cool or warm it up constantly, which means spending more money. Therefore, it is essential to test your doors and windows to ensure they are airtight. Check for drafts around your doors and window frames by using a candle. If the flames flicker, it means there is a draft. You should consider caulking the edges of the frame, installing new weather-stripping, apply an exterior window film, or including a door sweep to deal with the draft. Fortunately, you can implement these measures without affecting your home’s architectural design.
2. Run your numbers
To make your home more energy-efficient, you need to know the areas of your home that consume a significant amount of energy. To do this, you can hire the services of an energy auditor to help you identify these energy-consuming areas. You can also conduct thorough research online for various tutorials and tips. Purchasing energy monitors is also a great way to track your home’s energy usage in real-time and provide you with the data for your decision making. Reaching out to your energy provider is also a great idea.
3. Upgrade your heater
In many homes, the heater is energy-consuming, especially in colder months. However, the older the heater, the less energy efficient it is. This isn’t to say you should throw out your old heater. You can simply update your heater by conducting regular checks and yearly servicing to clean hard to reach areas and replace dirty filters. Where necessary, you may need to invest in a new heater. Fortunately, heaters available on the market today are designed to be energy-efficient. It is important to remember that investing in your home’s HVAC system helps you save a considerable sum of money.
4. Avoid washing with hot water
According to a study, around 80-90% of the energy consumed by your washer is used for heating the water. This means only 10-20% is used for running your washer. Instead of running your washer with hot water, it would be best to use cold water. Older washing machines use more water and energy, meaning cold water can significantly save you energy bills for every load.
Living in an eco-friendly, energy-efficient home is advantageous for both you and the environment! Besides these four tips, you should explore other means of running an energy-efficient home.