Money saving tips – be energy efficient in the home

6 Jan

Save money on energy bills and banish the winter blues by following simple steps towards a more energy efficient home.

Nothing beats curling up on the sofa in a warm house, but rising energy prices mean that fuel bills can hit the family budget hard; however, there are many ways to cut bills and help the environment by increasing energy efficiency.

Insulation is key

One of the most effective money saving ways to make the family home more energy efficient is through insulation. A well insulated home loses less heat and stays warm for longer, meaning that less fuel is needed.

house in a hatWhile the idea of carrying out home improvements such as insulating a house can sound expensive, it needn’t be. A number of grants are available to provide free or reduced-cost insulation to many homes.

Those who do pay for insulation will usually recoup the costs of the insulation after a couple of years. After this time, the insulation will continue to save money on energy bills.

Around one-third of a home’s heat energy is lost through its walls. Cavity wall insulation is one of the most effective ways to reduce heat loss and save money on energy bills. A large amount of heat is also lost through our roofs, and reducing the amount of heat that escapes can help to cut energy costs. Loft insulation is a simple and effective way to keep the heat in and make our homes more energy efficient.

Money saving tips for an energy efficient home

As well as through walls and roofs, a significant amount of heat can be lost through windows.
Double glazed windows work best at reducing heat loss, and windows should be double glazed where possible.

Replacing windows with new, double glazed ones can be expensive at first. If your budget cannot stretch to new windows at the moment, curtains can help to reduce the amount of heat energy lost through your windows.

Heavy curtains or curtains with a thermal lining provide the best form of insulation. By drawing curtains as soon as it becomes dark, the amount of heat lost from the family home can be reduced and energy bills will be lower.

purseTurning down the thermostat by just one degree can also help to reduce energy bills. The amount of fuel saved by doing this over a period of time can have a real impact on energy bills and such a small difference should barely be noticed.

There are also simple money saving tips to save on electricity bills and reduce overall energy costs. Simply switching off lights and appliances such as televisions and radios when they are not being used can reduce bills.

Energy saving light bulbs use far less electricity than standard bulbs, and also last much longer.
Not only do they cost less to run but they also have to be replaced less often, saving more money and inconvenience.

Simple changes to everyday tasks can cut energy bills. Boiling only the amount of water needed in the kettle and washing clothes at 30 degrees instead of 40 degrees can help you to have more money left in your pocket.


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