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Transform Your Home: Simple Changes for Major Energy Savings

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Are you looking to make your home more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly? Small adjustments in your household can have a significant impact on your energy consumption and utility bills. 

In this guide, we will explore simple yet effective changes that can lead to substantial energy savings. By making these minor modifications, you can enhance your home’s efficiency, reduce your carbon footprint, and enjoy long-term financial benefits. The best thing is that most of these changes are easy to make, and each offers ongoing benefits.  

Tips to reduce electricity bills 

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Most of us rely on electricity to charge our smartphones, watch TV shows or perform daily tasks such as cooking and washing clothes. Luckily, the smallest changes can significantly affect your energy bills. Let’s take a look at how you can save money. 

Turn down the lights 

When you’re travelling from room to room, it’s easy to leave all the lights on. While this might be a convenient solution, it’s also one of the fastest ways to increase your bills. Make sure you turn the lights off when you leave a room, and you’ll notice the difference. 

Switching to LED lighting can also save money, as it’s energy efficient and looks great in modern homes. 

Unplug your devices 

Turning your devices off isn’t enough. British Gas estimates that the average household can save £147 yearly by unplugging their devices (BBC). With higher energy bills, leaving non-essential appliances plugged in could mean you’re wasting electricity. 

While you can’t turn a fridge freezer off, unplugging your TV and non-essential appliances is the fastest way to cut your bills. 

Invest in smart devices 

Smart devices make life more convenient and can also cut energy bills. Most come with automation features that detect when an item isn’t in use and immediately switch off. You can also find solar-powered smart appliances, which further reduce energy bills. 

Invest in energy-efficient appliances 

All appliances have energy-efficiency ratings ranging from A+++ to G. While older appliances are less efficient, newer models can cut bills in half and reduce carbon footprint. 

While modern appliances cost more than older models, they can save more money in the long run, as you won’t use as much electricity. 

Tips to reduce heating bills 

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As the cold weather sets in, homes across the UK switch on their central heating system. It’s vital for warmth, but also a significant contributor to your yearly utilities spend. 

According to Ofgem, the average annual gas use ranges between 7,500 and 17.000 kW, depending on the size of your home and how much energy you use. The following tips will help you keep warm during the colder months while spending less money. 

Stop draughts 

Even the best heating system won’t make much difference if you constantly deal with draughts. The first step is to identify where you’re losing heat and assess whether you can take measures to prevent it from happening. 

Draughts in windows can be prevented by resealing them or using thick curtains, and draught excluders can be put under doors that let heat escape. 

Add insulation

Insulating your property is one of the easiest ways to keep it warm and reduce your central heating usage. Heat always rises, and poorly insulated lofts can increase your energy bills. Many households also find wall insulation to be a wise investment. 

Be conservative with your thermostat 

We all know the joys of returning to a warm home after a long day, but turning up the thermostat is one of the fastest ways to skyrocket your energy bills. 

Specialists recommend maintaining a continuous temperature between 18 and 21℃, keeping your home comfortable without too much energy. 

Modern thermostats also offer more control, as they can switch on and off automatically when your property hits a certain temperature. 

Upgrade your glazing 

Single-glazed properties are less energy efficient than double-glazed homes, as they can’t retain as much heat. However, if you don’t have double glazing, it’s worth the investment and will reduce your heating bills over time. 

Homes in colder areas that see a lot of snow during winter might benefit from triple glazing, which offers the most thermal and acoustic efficiency. However, triple-glazed windows and doors cost more to install. 

Long term changes 

While minor changes can reduce utility bills, long-term property upgrades are the best way to contribute to the environment and enjoy peace of mind. 

Renewable energy solutions can also result in grid independence, meaning you can generate your own power through clean sources. 

Solar panels 

Solar energy is one of the most effective ways to decrease your reliance on the grid and generate power from the sun. Installing panels used to require a significant investment, but the Government’s Net Zero Strategy means properties everywhere can save money. 

With grants available and the opportunity to reduce your energy bills by hundreds of pounds each year, solar panels are a positive investment for the future. 

Heat pumps 

Heat pumps are another way to generate clean energy and reap the rewards of lower energy bills. They convert energy from the air, ground or water into electricity, powering your home and ensuring a consistent energy supply. 

While ground-source heat pumps are the most effective solution, you’ll need a large garden to accommodate them. In contrast, air source heat pumps are compatible with most properties, and installation is cheaper due to available energy grants. 

Final thoughts 

Following the above tips can decrease your monthly outgoings and carbon footprint. Whether you apply some or all of them, the results can replenish your bank balance and ensure you make a positive contribution to the environment. 

If you’re considering switching to renewable energy, we offer heat pump and solar panel installations. These installations can significantly benefit both you and the environment by reducing your electricity bills, cutting your carbon footprint, and providing energy independence.

Please get in touch with us today and invest in a greener future.

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