Households up and down the UK are currently battling skyrocketing energy bills. And on a worldwide scale, as evidenced by the annual COP UN climate summit, fighting the climate crisis is becoming an ever more pressing concern.
Now, reducing your domestic gas and electricity consumption might seem a tough task, but thankfully, there are ways you can cut the amount of energy you need to run your home. And by doing so, you can bring down your bills and help the planet. In this guide, we take a look at some of them.
How To Create An Energy Efficient Home
What are the benefits of an energy efficient home?
Improving the efficiency of your home brings a raft of benefits. Firstly, you’ll reduce your bills: less energy used is less paid for. Additionally, you will reduce your impact on the environment, especially if your home uses gas, coal, or wood for heating.
What’s more, an energy efficient home can improve its value. If you spent a long time saving for a deposit and boosting your credit score before you bought your property, chances are you want its value to increase. Having a high energy efficiency rating can be a great sign for prospective buyers – and is something that’s almost certain to grow in importance as time goes on.
First, check your eligibility
The government has introduced a range of measures to help households weather the cost-of-living crisis. So, before you follow our tips below, check which ones you’re entitled to here and sign up.
Turn appliances off
Switching things off might seem either obvious or annoying, but it’s a simple, effective step that can become automatic once you get used to it. Turning off devices left on standby when you’re not in – such as your oven, microwave, Wi-Fi, smart tech, and TV – can save you money in the long run, so be switched on, and switch off!
Smart home technology
Smart home technology can be used to control appliances, lighting, heating, and so forth, remotely from your smartphone. This lets you automatically adjust temperature levels and turn off appliances when you’re not even in the house, detect where efficiency can be improved, and use less energy overall.
With a huge amount of heat being lost through walls and roofs, it’s important to ensure your home is properly insulated to help keep the heat in and the cold out. This could take the form of cavity wall insulation, loft insulation, insulated flooring, or tackling draughty windows and doors.
Lastly, there are lots of smart ways to use your appliances that can reduce costs. This includes reducing the frequency of your dishwasher use, making sure you fully load washing machines, turning down thermostats where possible, and using more efficient alternatives, such as an air fryer instead of an oven.
Got any extra ideas on reducing energy usage? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.