7 Ways To Make Your Home More Energy Efficient
Whether you are a homeowner or a tenant, learning how to be more energy-efficient can help reduce your utility bills and benefit our planet. It’s a win for your wallet, your home, your well-being, and our planet. Here, we offer our top tips for making your home more energy efficient, whether you’re building from scratch, renovating, or carrying out an update.
1. Energy-efficient lights
The best – and the most obvious – way to save money and energy is to switch off the lights when we are not using them. It is also a good idea to start replacing those old bulbs with LED (energy-efficient Light Emitting Diode) bulbs. LEDs last longer and certainly use less energy than CFLs. LED bulbs can last between 35-50 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs and 2-5 times longer than fluorescent lights.
There are, for example, loft insulation, cavity wall insulation, and internal wall insulation – all are going to help you keep an ideal temperature inside your home and therefore, help you lower your bills on heating during the winter and on A/C during the summer. Internal wall insulation comes with either boards or rolls which you can do yourself and is cost-effective, while loft insulation and cavity wall insulation can be slightly more complicated. Need help? Click to find a FixlersPro in your area.
3. Turn it off if you aren’t using it
Did you know that plug sockets that have devices plugged in that are not being used will still be consuming energy? To make your home (your life!) more energy-efficient, turn appliances and battery chargers off or unplug them from the sockets completely when not in use. Also, leaving your devices on charge overnight can cause damage to your battery and shorten its life. This is because as long as it is plugged in, the current will still be pumped into your device despite it having reached 100%.
4. Draught excluders
This one is mostly for windows and doors. Draught excluders can keep your house at an ideal temperature all year round. They block out unwanted draughts during colder days, and prevent cooler air from escaping during heatwaves! They are cost-effective and simple enough to do without the hassle of a full-scale refurbishment. On top of that, closing curtains on all windows at night during colder days will also help.
5. Draught proofing
Do you have a chimney at your house? Chimneys draw air up and out of your home and heat can be lost as a result. Blocking it with a draught excluder, chimney sheep, or chimney balloon can keep you warm and lower your bills for heating. It will also prevent cold air from escaping and hence lower your A/C costs and reduce environmental impact.
6. Consider renewable energy systems
If you’re serious about creating a sustainable home then consider this as a sign that you need to start looking into renewable energy systems! Technology is constantly developing. Systems that use renewable energy include solar panels, biomass boilers, ground-source heat pumps, and air-source heat pumps.
7. Installing a rainwater harvesting system
Collecting rainwater is an excellent way to cut your water usage and bills! You can use this water for watering your garden, flushing toilets, or cleaning the house or car. According to Rainwater Harvesting Ltd, a rainwater harvesting system typically reduces water use by around 50%.
One small step at a time
Even if you can only do two or three at a time, you are still doing your bit for the environment and being good to your bank account. And remember: our technicians at Fixlers can help you with any of your home updates. Contact us now: 888-683-8483 or book via this link: