There are a number of reasons why being energy efficient is definitely a good thing. To start with, being energy efficient means you aren’t wasting money on energy that is not being used. Appliances and technology that are energy-efficient can drastically cut the cost of your bills. And if that isn’t a good enough reason, it also reduces your carbon footprint. A significant amount of the electricity supplied to our homes is created through fossil fuels, which also release carbon dioxide, contributing to climate change. Being energy efficient is beneficial to everyone, and here are some small changes, considerations and improvements you can make at home to work towards this.
Inefficient heating systems and boilers can end up costing you a dangerous amount of money over the years. Boilers need to be maintained regularly to make sure they are performing at the highest standard and using energy as efficiently as possible. Have an expert, like those at Duffy Heating, come and check your boiler out. They offer boiler replacements, combi-boiler installation, and the addition of heating controls to make your heating system the most energy-efficient and cost-effective it can be.
Now you have upgraded your boiler to be energy efficient and on top form, you need to make sure the heat doesn’t immediately escape. If your property isn’t properly insulated, then all the energy you save through the boiler will be lost. Having your roof and walls properly insulated will trap the heat in your home, creating a cosy, eco-friendly environment that you can relax in and enjoy.
No matter how high you have the heating, your home will not be warm and cosy if draughts are coming in through your old windows. Investing in properly sealed double glazed windows will give you a noticeable decrease in your energy bills. It will also mean you reduce your carbon footprint even more and allow you to make as much noise as you like without disturbing the neighbours!
Think about the light bulbs you use at home. You may not be aware of what they are or how they work; it’s just a lightbulb, right? Wrong. Standard filament light bulbs are not economical or environmentally friendly. Try making the switch to LED lights instead. These use a significantly less amount of electricity to provide a longer-lasting, brighter light. They save energy, money, and the planet. It’s a no brainer.
This one seems obvious, but still, so many people leave everything plugged in and turned on all day and all night. Even when appliances aren’t being used, if they’re plugged in, they are using electricity. This wastes energy and money, and it can pose a hazard if plugs or appliances overheat. It is such a simple task, but unplugging chargers, hairdryers, microwaves, and other small devices will save you money and make your home safer and more eco-friendly.
Being cost-effective and energy-efficient goes hand in hand, like strawberries and cream. By reducing your energy use, you are saving yourself money whilst being environmentally conscious; it’s the perfect scenario for everyone.