Saving energy in the home is important as it can help protect our planet while saving you pounds. Win, win, right? But what are the best ways of doing this? There are some fairly simple and cost-effective ways you can go green.
Electricity – First of all, you can use less electricity by investing in a new A-rated, efficient boiler. As mentioned in a previous blog on this topic, an energy-efficient boiler could save you up to £130 a year, compared with a model more than 10 years old.
This also applies to all of the other appliances in your home, but particularly those that heat water. Although the initial cost of a new dishwasher or washing machine might seem great, over a few years you could see a lot of that cash come back in the form of savings on your energy bill.
Finally, energy-efficient LED bulbs are a must. They last way longer than the average standard light bulb (up to 25 years) and the savings can be significant.
Ditch the desktop – Consider whether you really need that chunky desktop or whether you might trade it in for a smaller, but in a lot of cases, equally as powerful laptop. Most laptops nowadays have just as good a processing speed as their big brothers, or at least enough for every day usage, but they use a lot less energy.
Insulation – Insulation is incredibly important for keeping the heat in so that you don’t necessarily need to keep the heating on for as long. It is also possible to get a grant from the government to pay for cavity and loft insulation, if you meet the eligibility criteria. Some energy companies offer these, as well as many others online. Though do make sure you do your research before employing anyone to do this!
Double glazed, well-fitted windows will also help prevent heat from escaping. However, if you think your windows aren’t sealed as well as they could be, but can’t afford new ones, then heavy, lined curtains will definitely help. Solar curtains can also help keep the heat out in the warmer months too.
Go Solar – As with insulation, the government offers incentives to those wishing to install solar panels. Although you couldn’t get a grant, the government does offer what is called a ‘Feed-In Tariff’. This pays you money for 20 years after your solar panels have been installed. How much money you get depends on the amount of energy your solar panels produce measured in something called kilowatts per hour (often abbreviated to kWh). And this money is tax free. Find out more: https://www.gov.uk/feed-in-tariffs.
It is also possible to sell any excess or unused electricity back to the National Grid, so solar panels won’t just save you money, but they could also make you money.
A load of Rubbish – Finally, perhaps think about what you are throwing away. Recycling is something that many of us think about doing, and are indeed required to do by local councils. But creating a compost heap in the back garden with vegetable matter and even clean meat bones and egg shells is a great way of recycling that will greatly benefit the plants in your garden or the vegetables and fruit you may grow.
If you are considering a new boiler, come to Diamond Gas and Heating today and try our new quoting tool to get an idea of what it might cost.