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