by Penny Lynch
With household bills on the rise yet again, finding ways to save energy not only benefits the environment but also helps reduce your outgoings. Implementing simple measures can make a significant impact on energy consumption.
Check Boiler Efficiency – A well-maintained boiler will run more efficiently. Regularly service your boiler to ensure it operates at peak pressure and efficiency. Investing in a programmable thermostat can also help regulate timings and temperature and avoid unnecessary energy consumption.
Draughts – Draughts can be a major contributor to heat loss in a home. Seal gaps around doors and windows using weather strips or draught excluders. Ensure your home is adequately insulated, as this not only helps in retaining heat during winters but also keeps the house cooler in the summer, reducing the need for excessive heating or cooling. Handyman in Cranleigh, 28 High Street, stock a selection of sealing strips.
Use Aerator Taps and 4-Minute Showers – Install aerators to taps in kitchen and bathroom sinks. These devices mix air with water, reducing water consumption without compromising functionality. Also consider adopting the practice of shorter showers, aiming for a 4-minute timeframe. This conserves water and reduces the energy required to heat it.
Double Up on Window Dressings – Windows are a significant source of heat loss. Double up on window dressings by using both curtains and blinds. During colder months, keep them closed at night to retain heat, and during warmer months, close them during the day to block out the sun’s heat. This simple measure can reduce the need for constant adjustments to your thermostat. Curtain tracks, rather than poles, are generally best for minimising draughts and you might also consider blackout blinds in the recess of the window, so they double up as light and draught excluders.
Expert Energy Audit – Consider having a professional energy audit on your home. ZERO Carbon Guildford offer comprehensive energy assessments. Their experts can identify areas of energy wastage and suggest tailored solutions. What’s more it is a free service offered Surrey wide. Contact them at www.zerocarbonguildford.org/energy-surveys
Energy-Efficient Appliances – When it’s time to replace household appliances, opt for energy-efficient models. Look for the Energy label that indicates the appliance’s energy efficiency. While energy efficient appliances may have a slightly higher initial cost, the energy savings over time can more than make up for it.
Unplug Electronics and Chargers – Even when turned off, electronics and chargers continue to draw power if left plugged in. Make it a habit to unplug devices or use power strips to easily disconnect multiple devices at once. This simple step can prevent “phantom” energy consumption and help lower electricity bills. As you can see, saving energy and reducing household bills doesn’t necessarily require drastic lifestyle changes and by implementing these simple measures, you can make a positive impact on both your wallet and the environment.