What energy saving technology can you introduce in your home?
With the price of fuel rising year upon year, and with no clear sign of slowing down, making sure your home is more comfortable whilst implementing measures to guard against this increase is now very important. This blog will look at the sensible choices for your home which will save you energy and, more importantly, will save you money.
Each home is different and will be defined by its unique characteristics. This means that no particular energy saving measure is the right one for you. This is why we have covered a range of different technologies to give you an idea of what they cost, how much they save, and which one you should opt for. Before you jump straight in and make a rash decision, a great idea is to have knowledge of each technology and how they work, whilst also understanding your own home.
To understand which improvements will benefit you the most, you should have your home assessed by a local contractor. They will be able to advise you in an impartial manner as to what the best solution is. You can then discuss in greater detail, moving forward to create a home which leads to a greater energy efficiency whilst also helping you save money for other things, like family days out to the zoo for example!
From walls insulation, to energy saving light bulbs and even solar panels, there is a plethora of technology which is currently available; so continue reading to find the post popular, the most effective and also the most cost-effective measures that you should be considering.
Loft insulation is one of the most efficient ways of ensuring that you keep heat escaping from your home. You can save around £15 a year on your heating bills by simply installing 270mm thick insulation. The thickness plays an important role and anything between 100 mm to 270 mm can be effective, but the thicker you go, the more effective your insulation will be.
There are two types of wall, solid walls and cavity walls. It doesn’t matter which type you have in your home as both can be insulation in order to improve the energy efficiency of a property. If your home has uninsulated cavity walls, it’s very easy to fix this, and whilst costing between £450 – £500, you will make this back in around four years.
Solid walls, despite perceptions, aren’t very good at keeping in the heat. In fact, they lose heat twice as fast as uninsulated cavity walls but insulating them can save you upwards of £270 a year – many older builds have been constructed with solid walls, so find out before you buy the property.
Energy saving LED lightbulbs
Replace any older light bulbs you have in your home with newer LED energy saving bulbs, it’s that simple. It may not sound like such a revolutionary change, but you will definitely notice a difference when you closely examine your energy bills. Every little helps, after all.
Newer boilers are a lot more energy efficient than all of the older models. You should always check the age of a boiler when moving into a property whilst ensuring that it is Energy Saving Trust recommended. Boilers have an energy rating, with ‘A’ being the most efficient, and ‘G’ being the lowest. If you opt to replace a G-rated boiler, it could save you around £305 a year on running costs alone.
Check your appliances
All appliances such a fridges and freezers now come with an energy rating (much like boilers) which ranges from A to G, with A being the most energy efficient. When buying new appliances, ensure they are at the most efficient end of the spectrum whilst if you are moving in as a tenant, ask the landlord about the appliances which are already at the property.
Double or triple glazed windows
If you have A-rated double glazing windows installed at your home, you can save somewhere between £90 – £100 on heating bills compared to if you lived in a single-glazed property. If you are unable to have them installed, heavy lined curtains can help keep the heat in.
Solar panels, which is also known as solar photovoltaics (PV) capture the sun's energy using photovoltaic cells. These cells don't actually need direct sunlight to work and can produce energy on cloudy days. By converting the sunlight into electricity, solar panels can be used to power household appliances and lighting.
It can cost around £7,000 to install solar panels, and whilst the larger the system, the more it will cost, but the savings will be much larger over time. South-facing panels will be more effective than panels which are say, on the north-facing roof of your property. Whilst solar panels are the most effective money saver over time, they are the most expensive to initially install.
Water saving devices
Installing a water meter is a fantastic way to keep tabs on your water usage, it will effectively stop you flushing water down the drain. Also make sure to check your home for any dripping taps, this is because a drip can waste gallons of water every day. Energy saving shower heads will also save you money whilst also offering you a pleasurable showering experience.
When looking to install energy saving technologies at your property, there is now a huge range of different measures which can be hugely effective, not only saving you energy, but also saving you money in the process. From effective insulation to energy saving light bulbs, there are many options which suit all types of home – so it doesn't matter if you live in an older build or a newer property, you will be able to make positive changes very easily.
Written by Jennifer Smith on behalf of the Green Deal Shop, your one-stop-shop for the UK government’s Green Deal.