5 Ways to Make Your Home More Energy-Efficient

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Unfortunately, all household appliances, such as lights and ovens, emit a percentage of waste energy in some form or another; for example, while lamps are used for light, they also give off heat, and while ovens are predominantly used for heating food, a portion of that energy is wasted into the environment around the oven.

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While in these instances waste energy is unavoidable, there are plenty of things you can do around the home to ensure that energy isn’t being unnecessary lost elsewhere. For example, here are five simple and effective ways that you can make your home more energy-efficient.

Use heating wisely

The cost of heating your home can become incredibly expensive, and the larger your home is, the more energy you will consume through keeping the building warm. According to Neeeco’s Mass Save Energy Assessment, while it is important to keep your house at a comfortable temperature for your family, you can reduce the costs of heating and the number of wasted emissions by using your thermostat wisely. Only turn the heating on when it is needed, rather than leaving it on all the time, and make sure to turn the heating down while you are away so that you don’t waste energy through unnecessary usage.

Utilise timers

One of the best ways to regulate your energy usage is by setting timers for everything. For example, you can set your heating to come on and turn off at set times every day, so that the water is hot in the mornings and the house is warming up when you come home from work. Alternatively, you might consider switching to smart appliance monitors, such as smart lighting and heating, so that you can monitor and control your energy usage remotely.

You can also use timers on your appliances to make sure that energy is not being wasted overnight. For example, most television sets come with an inbuilt timer so that you can set the TV to turn off after a certain amount of time; this way, if you forget to turn the TV off when you leave the house, or fall asleep with it still on, it will turn itself off after a set amount of time, reducing the amount of energy going to waste.

Always switch off appliances

It might seem like a really simple point to remember, but switching off appliances is one of the easiest ways to save on wasted energy. Even then, when switches are turned off on the appliance, if they are still plugged into an active electrical socket they will drain energy.

Therefore, it is important to switch all plugs off at the wall, or unplug them if there isn’t an individual switch for that socket. Additionally, make sure to always turn off taps when they’re not in use, even if you’re only away from the running water for a few seconds, as over time the amount of wasted water will soon begin to noticeably add up.

Replace old windows

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You may not realise it, but a great deal of energy is often lost through windows as heat radiates out of thin windows into the outside air. This can make it difficult to sustain the temperature inside of your home, meaning it will often be too hot in warm weather and too cold in cooler temperatures, with a lot of home emissions being wasted.

However, this effect can be massively reduced by investing in some new windows for your home. Double Glazing Funding is available for households in need of essential upgrades for their home, meaning that if you are eligible you can keep your home a comfortable temperature and reduce wasted energy without having to pay out for high cost replacements.

As well as heat being lost through windows, it can also be lost through other areas of the house through convection, such as through walls and ceilings. Therefore, it is important to ensure you have good quality wall cavity and loft insulation installed throughout your home. 

Shop reused and recycled products

Buying new products is fine every now and then, but there is an unimaginable amount of energy that goes into manufacturing products in bulk in factories and mass production settings. Therefore, if you’d like to reduce the carbon footprint of your household, try to buy second hand and recycled products.

You can also upcycle your existing products instead of replacing them, such as by repainting them or repurposing parts of items for other uses; for example, you could make new items of clothing out of older materials, or repaint your existing furniture to fit a new colour scheme.

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