Frugal Tips for Saving Energy at Home :
A good way to save money and reduce your energy bills is to take steps to make your home more energy efficient. Not only will it cut costs but it will help the environment too. These tips can help save energy, and help to lower bills.
Frugal Tips for making your Home More Energy Efficient :
Insulate Your Cavity Walls :
A third of the cost of heating your home is lost through the walls, so insulating them is the best way to save energy in the home. Installing cavity wall insulation can save you up to $180 per year on your heating bills. Learn more on how to make your home more energy efficient at the Energy Saving Trust's website.
Insulate Your Loft :
Laying your loft with 11 inches/27 centimetres of insulation where there was none before can save you up to a quarter of your home’s heating costs. Find out how to make your home more energy efficient at the Energy Saving Trust's website.
Solid Wall Insulation :
If your walls aren’t insulated, heat could be escaping from them, which means you’re paying for heating that you'll quickly lose. Although insulating your solid walls will be an expense at the start, it’s an investment in the value of your house, and with every year that passes it will be saving you hundreds of pounds on heating. See the Energy Saving Trust's website to find out more ways to make your home more energy efficient.
Use Energy Saving Light Bulbs :
Replacing just one old light bulb with an energy saving recommended one can lower lighting costs by up to $80 over the lifetime of the bulb. Plus they last up to 12 times longer than the ordinary light bulbs. If you have lots of halogen lights in your home, look into replacing them with LED lights which typically save $190 over the lifetime of each bulb.
Consider Replacing Your Old Boiler :
If yours is about 12 years old consider switching to a new energy efficient A rated boiler. High efficiency condensing boilers can save up to a third of your annual heating bills, and there are grants available to help cover the cost.
Turn Down Your Thermostat :
Turning your thermostat down by 1°C could cut your heating bills by up to 10 per cent and save you around £85 a year.
Check Your Water Temperature :
Is your water too hot? Your cylinder thermostat shouldn’t need to be set any higher than 60ºC/140ºF.
Don't Leave Appliances on Standby :
Don’t leave appliances on standby and remember not to leave appliances on charge unnecessarily. It all adds up and wastes money.
Wash Wisely :
Remember to use the half-load or economy programmes if you’re not filling up the washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher. Best of all, fill them up so that you need to use them less.
Care for Your Kettle :
Only boil as much water as you need — but remember to cover the elements if you’re using an electric kettle.
Fix Dripping Taps :
A dripping hot water tap can waste enough hot water to fill half a bath in just one week, so fix leaking taps and make sure they’re all fully turned off.
Draught Proof Your Home :
According to the Energy Saving Trust, fully draught proofing your home could save an average of $85 a year. Fitting draught proofing can be a simple DIY job which can make a big difference not only to your energy bills but also to how comfortable your house feels. Find out how more on how to make your home more energy efficient at the Energy Saving Trust's website.
Under Floor Insulation :
Many older properties were built with suspended wooden floors, meaning that there is a gap between the ground under the house and the surface that you walk on. This space is full of cold air and can often be a source of cold draughts in your home. If you don’t have a fitted carpet, make sure there aren’t any big cracks in the floorboards to let cold draughts in. This will cut draughts and saving on heating bills.
Insulate Your Hot Water Tank :
An insulation jacket costs around $25 and can save around $85 a year on your heating bill, paying for itself in less than six months.
Use an Electricity Monitor :
Electricity monitors show you in real time how much electricity you are using, which can help you make decisions about your energy use and become more efficient. At the moment you can get an electricity monitor from around $45 online and they are easy to install yourself.
Dry Laundry Outside :
Tumble driers cost 4 times the amount of electricity to dry than it does to wash a load. If you have an outside space, dry your laundry outside. You'll save money and your clothes will smell fresher.
Double Glazing :
Heat from your home can be lost through old single glazed windows. This could leave you with a bigger heating bill and a chilly home. A quick and effective solution is to put up some double glazing film, which is available from DIY stores or online. A more permanent solution is to install double glazing. By choosing A rated windows, you will be sure you are buying the most efficient windows possible.
Solar Panels :
Solar panels that generate electricity are becoming more affordable, and the Government's Feed in Tariff (FiT) scheme means you get paid for all of the electricity you produce. If you have an unobstructed south facing roof, you could potentially install solar panels, this would cut your electricity bills and give you a regular income for 25 years. Find out more about the FiT Scheme at the Government’s website.
Switch Baths for Quick Showers :
Quick showers use a lot less hot water than a deep bath. Swap a few of your baths for 4 minute showers and you will see savings on your water heating bills.
Turn Lights Off in Empty Rooms :
Leaving lights on in empty rooms is a waste of money. Turn them off when you leave a room, or when you leave the house.
Put a Lid On It :
Water boils quicker, vegetables cook more efficiently and your kitchen doesn’t steam up if you put a lid on your pans whilst cooking.