Straightforward actions that you can take now, which will reduce your household energy consumption, be friendlier on the environment and help you to save on your energy bills are win-win, and this article aims to help to get you started with our top three ways to save on home energy costs. A little investment in the following ideas will see long-term financial benefits.
Insulation is one of the most popular steps for homeowners to start saving on their energy consumption. This is because it is usually a one-off job and does a very successful job of conserving heat throughout the home. There are various forms of insulation to consider. One of the most popular is loft insulation. It is fairly easy to arrange and install, materials are very accessible, as is expert installation, and it is very affordable. What’s great about loft insulation is that it really works: heat rises, after all, and insulation solutions in the loft will retain that heat and warm your home for longer. Similarly, cavity wall insulation is also a common option and acts as something of a ‘blanket’ around the home, retaining heat very efficiently. Lastly, one of the most effective energy-reducing forms of insulation is pipe and boiler insulation. Insulation on water facilities such as pipes around the home makes running hot water much faster and more efficient, cutting down on the need for boiler use and saving on energy consumption overall. In fact, insulating your hot water pipes reduces can raise the water temperature by 2°F–4°F allowing you to lower your water temperature setting and use less energy by doing so.
Water-usage in an average household can vary, but one way of being more conscious of how much water you are using is to switch to an eco-water options such as a water-meter. You can, of course, take simple actions such as short showers as opposed to long soaks in the bath, turning off the tap while brushing your teeth and opting for an eco-friendly toilet flusher. But, one way of sticking to these energy-saving habits is to switch to a water meter. Not only could you save on water bills that you wouldn’t do by using the traditional direct debit solution, but you will definitely become more conscious about how much water you are suing (potentially wasting) on a day to day basis, helping you get into some great water-saving habits. Tie this in with pip-insulation, and you’re onto a winner.
An investment on the higher end of the scale would be to look into solar panel installation. As with the insulation options, this will require expert advice and installation, but could be an amazing money-saver in the long run. If you are eligible, your home could utilise solar energy by collecting power day-to-day from the sun and offering a vast reduction on your electricity bills. There are even grants available to some homeowners in the UK for free installations. If solar panels are an option you are considering, also look into sharing any surplus power collected by your panels which goes back into the grid, as this could be an option to make some extra cash too.
And these are just three of the options available. Don’t forget about the attention to detail that could help you save too, such as eco-friendly light bulbs, energy efficient heating and cooling systems and so on. There are many ways in which you can save on your energy bills, and in turn, be kinder to the environment – so, what are you waiting for? Go save!