Here are some things you can look into and fix to help save on your heating and electric costs every month and make your home more efficient.
1. Inspect the insulation around your house and replace it if there is not enough or any at all. Half of the heat that is lost from the home is lost through the walls and the roof. By installing cavity insulation you can save close to two hundred pounds a year.
2. If you are replacing appliances, buy energy efficient ones that can help lower the costs of your heating and water bills. You want to look for ones that carry the Energy Saving Recommended or European Energy labels.
3. Reduce your energy bill by turning your thermostat down 1 degree and putting the heating on a thermostat with a timer.
4. Use energy saving light bulbs in the home. The new light bulbs on the market last up to 10 times longer than standard bulbs, and they can save you around sixty pounds over the lifetime of the bulb.
5. Purchase furniture that is made from sustainable wood and carry the labels from the Forest Stewardship Council , the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, or other schemes that certify the timber is sustainable.
6. Wash your clothing at 30 degrees and make sure the washer is full when you wash to ensure better efficiency from your equipment. The same goes for your dishwasher.
7. Use products like paints, finishes, and preservatives that are low in VOCs - volatile organic compounds. These things are harmful to the environment.
8. Turn electrical appliances completely off and do not leave them on standby to reduce the amount of energy you use. If you have to, unplug them from the wall to stop the bill from running up.
9. Replace your toilets with low flush volume cisterns. Use water efficient shower heads and put aerating heads on all wash basins to help reduce your water use.
10. Fix all of your dripping water taps. A dripping tap can waste up to 15 litres of water a day, and it only takes a few minutes to put in a new washer.
Making your home more energy efficient is one of the easiest ways to save money and reduce the cost of your utility bills. It usually doesn't cost much to replace your home items with energy efficient ones, and basic things like replacing a washer in your sink really makes a difference that you will notice on your water bill. Energy efficient items for your home also tend to last longer because they are not run as hard as none energy efficient appliances.