Saving energy helps to reduce pollution and decrease the depletion of resources. Responsible use of energy not only helps the planet, it will also reduce your bills. Here are our top five tips for saving energy:
Switch to energy efficient light bulbs
Use Light-Emitting Diode (LED), Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) or halogen incandescent bulbs. These use between 25 to 80 percent less energy than traditional bulbs. Also, they can last from 3 to 25 times longer. They come in a wide range of colours and strengths. Although the initial cost is greater, each replaced bulb could save you about £50 a year on your energy bill.
Install an energy efficient boiler
If your hot-water and central-heating boiler is over ten years old, it uses more energy than necessary. A new electric, gas or oil-fueled energy efficient boiler can reduce your energy bill by about £350 year. Consult with the experts at AJ Walker which of the new technology boilers would best suit your needs.
Get a smart thermostat
A smart thermostat lets you efficiently program your energy use. Set the thermostat to turn on the heating a short while before arriving home. If you get delayed, change the program for your smartphone to turn the heat on later, so saving energy and money.
Saving energy with insulation
An un-insulated roof could be losing as much as 40 percent of your heating costs upwards. Walls without insulation lose about 25 percent of heating energy, while 20 percent can escape through the floor. Modern insulation materials are safe, easy to install and can save you lots of money over the years.
Replace old windows
Installing modern windows maximises your home’s heating or cooling capacity, so reducing your costs. Energy efficient windows let you take full advantage of natural sunlight and also eliminate chilly draughts. Window replacement is not cheap but it will cut your energy bills and also increases the resale value of your home.