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How to save energy around the home

Skill Level: Beginner

Introduction

An energy efficient house will have lower running costs, is more comfortable and is gentler on the environment.

Typically, an un - insulated three bed roomed semi detached home costs more than three times more heat than an energy efficient home that reaps the benefits of full double glazing, insulation, and modern central heating system.
 
In addition to lower running costs, an energy efficient house with good insulation produces less carbon dioxide emissions. CO2 emissions are one of the main causes of global warming.

 

Which type of house

Older houses with sash windows and timber floors are especially prone to draughts and vulnerable to cold temperatures.

The joists in the roof space of older properties are often shallow, and restrict the depth of loose fill insulation you can fit. Solid walls too, loose heat very quickly unless insulated. Properties from the 1930’s for example would therefore need renewing. The recommended minimum depth of loft insulation is 150mm, or 6”.

 

Doors and windows

Draught proofing doors (including letter boxes) and windows can save you up to 15% on your energy bill.
Always ensure there is adequate ventilation, or you run the risk of starting a whole new set of problems; mildew, dampness, and rot.

Boilers

Insulating your hot water heating cylinder is an easy and quick way of saving money on your heating bill. A new jacket every few years or so, soon pays for itself.

 
Also, an overly big boiler will use more energy than you actually need. Consider perhaps, a smaller boiler…Condensing boilers are the most efficient boilers around, and utilise heat from heated waste flue gases.

 

Energy efficient light bulbs

Energy efficient light around the home use about a 1/5 of the energy used by standard light bulbs; they are very cheap, and can last up to eight times longer than the old type

Room thermostats

Fitting room thermostats will control the heat to each room in your home. Switching the heat off at a preferred temperature can also save £££’s on your heating bill.

 

Microwave ovens

The kitchen is an area that is all too often forgotten about when considering energy saving solutions. A microwave oven uses far less energy than a conventional oven.

Radiators

To give your heating a bit of a boost, put a sheet(s) of baking foil behind the radiator to deflect the heat into the room. This is a particularly effect on radiators set against outside walls

Hard water areas

If you happen to live in a hard water area it is advised that you use a corrosion inhibitor in your central heating system, to help stop internal scale build up; another cause of heat loss and energy waste.

Door thresholds

Thresholds in doorways take a lot of wear over time, and can be the entry point for draughts. How your door opens and how it meets the threshold can vary from house to house, but there are a wide range of draught proofing solutions on the market, just check out a good online supplier from the comfort of your armchair…or, your local diy store is sure to have something in to suit your needs.

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