Are you finding your energy bills are continually increasing over time? There are a number of reasons to why this might be happening in your home. Reducing your energy consumption may be where you need to start when it comes to the reduction of energy costs. Not only will reducing energy consumption help with your household spending but it will also help the environment in the long run.
If you believe you are paying to much for your energy bills then you may want to take a read of our top tips on how you can reduce energy consumption in your home and ways to save money.
Reduce energy consumption at home
There is a range of general domestic changes you can make at home to reduce your energy consumption. Some are only small steps you need to make to have a big impact. We have taken a trip around the house to look at ways in which you can save yourself a few pennies.
Check all light bulbs around your home; if you are using old light bulbs, it could be costing you a lot more to keep them lit. We recommend you take a look at changing your light bulbs to LED lighting. Light Bulbs Direct have a range of LED light bulbs to fit your home, they can last up to 12 times longer then a normal lightbulb.
LED are a great option for any home as they do not require as much energy to light in comparison to normal lighting such as incandescent or halogen bulbs which requires 90% more energy. There is also a wide range of LED colour lights, which means you are not only restricted to white lighting. There are also LED lights which allow you to change the colour, which means depending on your mood or the ambience you wish to create you can change the colour of your room. AuraGlow offer affordable LED lighting option which you can change colour from an app on your smartphone. So, not only are they saving you money in terms of energy but they are also saving you money when it comes to purchasing the actual bulb.
Getting the right temperature in your household can sometimes be a difficult task, you can now fit reflector panels behind your radiators. By fitting a reflector, you can achieve 95% heat energy from the rear of the radiator. You can also look at getting smart radiator valves; the valves work on a set timer to turn your radiators on just before you get home. This helps to distribute the heat around the room more efficiently, by not wasting any when your not home.
You may also want to look at the layout of your rooms. Not many people know this, but having your furniture close to radiators blocks the heat from the rest of the room. By moving your furniture away from the radiator fixtures, it allows the heat to distribute throughout the room more efficiently.
Curtains work well in two ways; we suggest keeping them open during the light hours of the day as it can reduce the number of light bulbs you have on in the house. It also brings in more natural light, which is healthier for our bodies.
Once it starts to get slightly chilly or darker outside, you will want to keep your curtains closed. They do a great job in keeping the heat in as they act as an insulation method.
Draught-proofing is a great way of reducing the amount of heat lost in a room. Many people only draught proof their internal doors, which does eliminate heat escaping from each room. However, if you have external doors or windows in a room, you will also want to look at draught proofing them as a significant amount of heat is lost through these fixtures. A rubber draught seal is a great way of retaining the heat in your home it works well on both windows and door frames, and can prevent any dampness or water from entering your home. Just by doing this one task, you will instantly notice how warm your home becomes and how little you end up spending on your home energy bills.
Did you know that for every degree over 20 degrees could add up to 10% on your heating bill? We recommend always having your home between 18-20 degrees. If you do find you start to get a little chilly rather then turning the thermostat up, purchase thick blankets from John Lewis, they offer a wide range of colours and materials which will definitely help when it gets slightly cold.
Washing machine and tumble dryers
If at all possible we recommend turning the temperature down on your washing machine, by doing so you could see a third taken off your energy bills. Many people do not realise that your clothes will clean just as well in a 30-degree wash. Most washing detergents work just as well at this temperature as they do at a hotter one.
You will be surprised just how much money you spend drying your clothes in the tumble dryer. During the winter months only tumble dry if necessary, don’t waste money by putting a few items in the tumble dryer. We recommend stocking up on the drying and putting a range of items in the tumble dryer if you are going to use it. In the summer months purchase yourself clothes rack and pop the washing out to dry.
Taps and showers
It may seem like a simple one but leaving your tap running or dripping can waste a significant amount of money. Use your shower instead of having a bath where possible; you should also consider cutting your shower times from 20 minutes to 10. Not only will you have more hot water for people within your home but you will also find your energy bills reduce significantly.
Having a dripping tap can waste up to around 5 gallons of water a day which equates to about 2082 gallons a year. If you choose to leave your tap dripping constantly, then you could be looking at a 10% to 30% increase in your water bills. A tap drip is not hard to fix and can be done by anyone, if you need a little assistance with fixing your tap we recommend taking a look at How to fix a dripping tap.
Leaks and pipework
Leaks and pipework can cause havoc in your home so you should always keep on top of them. Not to mention the amount of water you could be wasting by leaving a leak. If you do have one, we recommend you have plumbing maintenance as a qualified plumber can ensure all leaks and pipework won’t leak in the future. They can also assess your property to see if any of your other household pipework is at risk of leaking or causing any damage to your home.
When it comes to your dishwasher, you should make sure you are filling it completely before putting it on. People also tend to rinse their plates before putting it in the dishwasher. By doing so, you waste a large amount of water; your dishwasher is normally powerful enough to get rid of the dirt on your plates.
Everyone is slightly prone to putting more water in the kettle then is actually needed. All kettles provide you with a measurement of how many mugs are in the kettle, use this measurement only to boil the amount of water you need.
Hot water tank
If you have a hot water tank, then make sure it is well insulated, this means there is no heat loss.
Something that you might want to consider is underfloor heating; you may be thinking its fairly costly to have it installed. But you will only benefit from it in the future. There are two different types of underfloor heating you can have installed, a lot of older homes have timber flooring which can be lifted, and mineral wood can be used for additional insulation. You can also have water underfloor heating; it sits beneath any type of flooring offering a great alternative to radiators. It warms up your home and also keeps your feet nice and cosy.
Standard radiators need to be heated to a much higher temperature in comparison to underfloor heating. The reason for this is underfloor heating is much more effective at distributing the heat around the room in comparison to normal radiators. Radiators tend to heat the air that is closest to them first, which is why rooms that do have radiators in them are more prone to cold spots.
If you often leave general devices such as tv’s or games consoles on standby it still uses a considerable amount of energy. Items such as plasma screen TV’s are power hungry so consume a vast amount of electricity even when they are not on. A third of Britons keep appliances on standby accounting for a third of their energy bills. Additionally, the number of people that charge their devices overnight, most models on the market only require two hours for a full charge. Overcharging items can also cause them a significant amount of damage, which means you will only be purchasing a new one in the future. Which means more energy is being used to create them.
Saving energy and money
There are so many ways of reducing energy consumption within your home. You only need to make a few small changes for them to have an impact on the cost of your energy bills.
Making small changes such as using LED light bulbs or taking shorter showers can significantly reduce your energy bills. Draught-proofing and curtains are a great way of insulating your home. If you have gaps in your internal doors, windows or external doors, you could be losing heat from your home which will cost you more.
Dependent on the time of year you may want to reduce the amount you use your tumble dryer, using a clothes rail in the garden is a great way of drying clothes through the summer months. Reducing the heat of your washing can also save you a fair few pounds on your electricity bill. Most clothes still wash just as well at a lower temperature.
Make sure to turn all appliances you are not using off at the switch, leaving your items on standby will drain the electricity massively.
If you do have any leaks or dripping taps, make sure to get in contact with your local plumber who will work to ensure your home is not wasting large amounts of water.
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