Tuesday, 23 March 2021

How To Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

  (Collaborative Post)

The conversation around energy is getting more and more popular by the day. With the world’s rising demand for energy, sustainability is at the top of the agenda. Energy companies look for ways to produce cleaner and more efficient energy, but for us it can be little changes to reduce our energy use and bills. Are you wanting to make your home more energy efficient? 

Here's how...............

Sunset with a woman holding up fairy lights in the foreground

Watch Out For The Little Things
We all do little things every day that use energy and probably increase our utility bills but we might not even notice them. In our house it's chargers and lights being left on and we probably boil the kettle too many times before we get round to making the actual drink!! The shower is often left running longer than it should to warm up too. Reduce your usage by turning off as you go. You could also consider changing to a low energy use kettle or maybe or a shower head that does not expend much water

Reduce heating costs by checking your radiators and bleed them of access air so they work efficiently. Consider turning down the thermostat by a few degrees and you will be surprised at how much you will save.

Change how your home gets energy
A great way of trying to being more efficient is changing how your home gets it's energy. Thankfully, the technology that allows us to rely more (or even entirely) on renewable energy is consistently becoming more and more affordable. Providers like WDS Green Energy can install geothermal heat pumps that can use the constant temperature within the earth to heat both the home and the water and can even power cooling appliances. For those in particularly sunny areas of the world, solar panels to are another great way to supplement your energy use, or even entirely replace it. Furthermore, if you are able to collect enough energy through your solar panels, you can sell the energy back to the grid, which is known as net metering. Other providers such as TXU Energy can simply ensure that 25% of your energy is from a renewable source. It’s easy to make a switch like this today and help the planet while saving money.

Install solar panels
Installing solar panels can be quite an expensive venture. However, in the long run, it can be cost-effective. Fortunately, the cost of solar panels and installation keep reducing every year such that it is becoming quite affordable. 

You can consider other options, such as community solar, which can be even cheaper. Community solar refers to a solar power installation funded and run by individuals who pool resources for their energy needs. You can check out for further details on how it works.

Insulate your roof
Your roof is the largest part of your home that is in direct contact with the external elements. This means that heat or cold affects the roof most and is then quickly spread through the house. So consider insulating your roof to make your home more energy-efficient. Roof insulation is actually not so expensive and can be quickly done. It will save you a lot in bills down the years, so it is an excellent investment to make.

Insulate your walls
It is estimated that a third of heat loss that occurs in the home is through the walls. Therefore, insulating your walls will definitely save you some money in the long-run, whether they are solid or cavity walls or not. Pay particular attention to the insulation process if your walls are made of strong material. Strong materials allow more heat to escape than regular materials, so you should consider having solid wall insulation to keep more heat in the home. Though a bit more expensive, solid wall insulation will pay off in the years when you spend less on heating.

The energy in the home is interconnected, so one thing affects the next and before you realize it, you are staring at a huge bill and wondering how you accrued that much. These are a few tips you can follow to cut down on your bills and make your home more energy-efficient and probably more cosy too! 

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