With energy companies increasing their prices and governments putting more and more pressure on individuals to minimise their energy usage, there has never been more of an emphasis on homeowners to make their homes more energy efficient. With several government schemes in place encouraging households to be greener, creating an eco-friendlier home doesn’t have to cost much and is guaranteed to save you money in the long term.
The easiest and most cost-effective way to make your home more environmentally friendly is by recycling. It doesn’t cost a penny and makes a huge difference. The UK is far behind other countries when it comes to recycling throwing away a staggering 18 million tonnes of waste of which at least a quarter could be recycled.
- Buy Eco-Friendly Products
Another simple change you can make to your household’s daily routine is to buy eco friendly products. From fabric softener to water bottles virtually everything we use in our daily lives has an eco-friendly alternative. Products like toothpaste and face washes which contain micro beads are especially harmful and should be avoided.
- Use Eco-friendly Appliances
As well as switching your products to environmentally ones, buying eco-friendly appliances also makes a difference when it comes to saving energy. Everyone knows about energy saving light bulbs but very few people know that you can also get eco-friendly vacuum cleaners, kettles, chargers and much more.
- Add Solar Panels
If you are looking to make a real difference to your household’s energy consumption, then solar panels are one of the best ways to save yourself both energy and money. Adding solar panels to your home will not only save you money on your heating bills but also add extra value to your home when it comes to selling.
- Add a thermostat
During the winter months, heating our homes becomes uses the most energy, increasing your energy bills. If you don’t already have a thermostat fitted, you need to get one ASAP. Thermostats keep the temperature of a heating system at a certain level, stopping you using too much heat, saving you energy and most importantly, money.
- Upgrade Your Radiators
On the theme of heating, upgrading your radiators to more energy efficient ones will also make a huge difference during the winter months. Nowadays there are a variety of energy efficient radiators on the market which use less energy than conventional radiators. Aluminium and vertical radiators are particularly good as they retain heat and meaning less energy is used over all.
- Check Your Insulation
If you are unsure how old your insulation is it is important to check. Heat rises and insulation is the thing which stops it escaping from your home completely. If your insulation is not up to scratch then heat energy will be pouring out of your home. There are a number of government schemes in place to encourage insulation upgrades which will help you with the cost.
- Double of Triple Glaze Your Windows
Along with poor insulation, if your windows aren’t double or triple glazed heat will be escaping your home at a rapid rate costing you a lot of money on your electricity bills. Getting your windows double glazed is an expense initially but if you plan on staying in the same house for a long period of time you are guaranteed to make it up with reduced bills and the added value they will bring to your property.