Top tips for home energy efficiency

Top tips for home energy efficiency

Over the last 30 years, our houses have become 30 per cent more energy-efficient, but this saving has been completely wiped out by a growth in demand. If we all take steps to improve our home energy efficiency further, it could make a huge difference – but remember, that only works if we don’t then go out and buy the latest energy-hungry gadget!

Our top tips for home energy efficiency are:

Insulate your loft

Your loft insulation should be to a depth of 27cm. This is like giving your house a blanket to wear – it’ll keep you warm and toastie.

Close your curtains or blinds at dusk

You’ll be surprised at how much difference this makes to your home’s energy efficiency and your comfort levels.

Insulate your walls

If you don’t, consider fitting internal or external insulation to your walls.

Wrap up your tank

If you have a hot water tank, fit an insulating jacket. They’re very low cost and make a significant difference to heat loss, even from a new tank.

Draft-proof doors and windows

This is relatively inexpensive and can make a big difference to home energy efficiency and your comfort levels.

Don’t overheat your home

Turning down your thermostat by just one degree can reduce energy use (and heating bills) by ten per cent.

Switch off

Turn electrical equipment off at the wall when you’re not using it – TVs, DVD players, games consoles, computers, microwaves, chargers etc. This won’t make a massive difference to your home energy efficiency, but if we all did it, it would mean that we’d need fewer power stations.

Use energy efficient light bulbs

And remember to turn them off when you don’t need them.

Go for A

When you’re replacing appliances, look for A rated ones, but also consider overall energy use – a small fridge is better for your home energy efficiency than a larger fridge with the same energy rating.

Fill up

Minimise use of all household appliances by running your washing machine and dishwasher only when they’re full and try to avoid using your tumble-dryer altogether.

Consider renewables

Could you use renewable energy in your home? Fit alternative energy systems where appropriate and choose a green tariff for your gas and electricity.

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