Let’s face it, everyone wants to save money, and when it can be done with simple changes to your home which will also make your home life more comfortable, as well as reducing your carbon footprint – it’s a win-win for everyone! Read on for our recommended ways to reduce energy costs in your home, from simple everyday changes to slightly more costly investments that will make big savings.
Renewable energy is the ultimate in green power, using resources that are naturally replenished and do not release harmful carbon dioxide gases. By installing renewable technology, you are essentially generating your own energy and adding value to your home when you sell it.
- Solar & Wind Turbines. Introducing solar panels or a wind turbine is a big initial outlay, however can cut electricity bills and can even generate income from the surplus electricity you produce, by selling it back to the grid.
- Biomass. Wood fuelled heating systems are becoming increasingly popular; not only because of its increased affordability, but its ability to create cosy spaces and act as a focal point of the room. Log stoves are the perfect blend of style and function.
Heating & Hot Water
There are a range of ways to save costs on your heating and hot water bills with smart meters now being offers to homes nationwide to help households keep track of the energy used to informed decisions about managing energy costs.
- Air/ground source heat pumps. Air and ground source heat pumps absorb heat from the outside air or ground which is then used to heat the central heating and hot water. These systems do need electricity to run, however the heat they extract from the air and ground is renewable.
- Condensing Boilers. If applicable, replace your old boiler with a more efficient model, this will not only reduce your energy costs but your carbon footprint too.
- Minimise use. One of the easiest ways to save money is to simply use less hot water and resist the urge to turn up the thermostat when it gets a bit chilly. For example, switch from baths to showers, don’t leave taps running and wear extra layers around the house in the winter.
- Efficient appliances. By upgrading appliances such as your washing machine and dishwasher to products with the new Water Efficient Product label, you can save a significant amount of money and energy.
- Shower Head. An easy way to save water while improving the quality of your daily shower is to replace your existing shower head with a new water-efficient head. These are most effective on power showers and showers with a high flow rate. (Not suitable for electric showers.)
- Minimise Wasted Water. Promptly fix dripping taps, don’t leave taps running while brushing teeth etc and make sure you fill dishwashers and washing machines before using them and always use the most efficient settings.
Seal the Draught
- Glazing. By upgrading to double or even triple glazed windows and doors, you will save £££. This is a very worthwhile and highly recommended step to increasing efficiency, saving on energy costs while adding value to your home.
- Filling in cracks and gaps. Look for unnecessary gaps around the house that may be causing unwanted draughts i.e. gaps around the window frames, the letterbox on doors, in floorboards, around pipework and even wall cracks. This can be done by the enthusiastic DIYer or a professional.
- Loft Hatch. Your loft hatch is also a common place for heat to escape and can be easily remedied. Instaloft specialise in new energy efficient UPVc hatch that meets all current building regulations. A straightforward replacement can cost as little as £99 while a loft hatch enlargement (for older properties) or a brand new hatch starts from just £180. Call Instaloft, the leading loft specialist in the Midlands, for a quote today on 0800 046 3955.
Did you know that around 25% of the heat you generate in your home is actually lost through your roof? This makes the insulation of the roof and loft space one of the most important in reducing your energy costs and wasted energy, with the potential to save up to £250 p/a off your energy bills.
Instaloft specialise in loft insulation and are proud to use the best in modern insulation, Earthwool which is cost-effective, super soft, made from recycled materials and has up to 70% embodied energy.
The current regulations under the EEC programme states that a minimum 270mm of loft insulation is required. If you already have existing loft insulation which isn’t 270mm thick, you can have additional layers added to bring it up to the required thickness.
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Reduce your energy costs with Instaloft and call us for a quote on a new loft hatch and/or insulation today on 0800 046 3955.
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