Energy saving advice for the family home

Energy efficiency

As well as saving you money on your utility bills, reducing the amount of energy you use in your home will help you do your bit for the environment. Luckily for your wallet and Mother Nature, taking basic steps to lower your energy consumption is quick and easy, all it takes is a little bit of effort and touch of know-how.

Turn your thermostat down

Most of the money that the majority of households spend on gas and electricity goes on heating. Many houses in the UK have the radiators on from September to May, with the temperamental British summer meaning it’s not uncommon to turn the central heating on even in the middle of August.

By turning your thermostat down a few degrees, you can reduce the amount of energy you consume and make your property more eco friendly. A temperature of around 21˚C should be fine for most homes. If you’re used to having your home much hotter, try turning your heating down one degree at a time. Like N Power HQ says, “Just remember: every degree that you turn it down could save you around £65 a year on your heating bill!”

Replace your old windows and doors

A lot of the heat that escapes from your home gets out through your windows and doors. In fact, according to the National Insulation Centre, as much as 20% of heat loss occurs via windows and doors. Replacing single-glazed windows and old, tired doors will dramatically improve your home’s energy efficiency. You’ll instantly cut out drafts, prevent warm air from slipping out under doors and through ill-fitting window frames and reduce the amount of condensation that builds up on your windows overnight.

Power switchTurn it off

Turning your electronic appliances off when they’re not in use is another good way to save money on your home energy bill. Even in standby mode, most appliances will draw energy from your home. If you turn them all off, you’ll reduce the amount of electricity that you and your family waste every year.

Think efficiently

Making small changes to your daily routine will make your home more efficient and reduce the amount of energy you use. Try to fill the kettle with just the water you need for your tea or coffee, wash up in a bowl rather than leaving the taps running and try to keep your showers as short as possible. By making these simple changes, you could shave hundreds of pounds off of your home energy bills and help make your home more environmentally friendly in the process.

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