A new year can bring many new changes, so why not make a change and make your home more energy efficient in 2021. There are many benefits to improving your energy efficiency but the best part is saving your planet and reducing your energy bill while doing it! Reading through this guide will give you 5 tips to make your home more energy-efficient!
The first big change you can make in your home is changing your heating system. If your boiler is more than ten years old, chances are it could be about 60% efficient, meaning 40% of all energy is being wasted or being used to get it on its own. Comparing this to a new boiler whose efficiency is rated around 90%, you will lose only 10% of the energy generated!
When choosing a new boiler, you will want to look at what types of boilers you have in your home, they are usually Combi, System or conventional. You will then want to go ahead and choose a boiler brand and then hire a gas safety engineer to match your boiler.
Some of the smartest technology available today is a great idea to use to help your energy efficiency. The best use of which is a smart thermostat. Smart Thermostat allows you to connect to your home heating system via your home Wi-Fi via a companion app, which means you are in control of your heating wherever you are. These thermostats can also learn about your daily behavior, which means it can automatically plan around your day and ensure that heat is not turned on when it is not needed. Some thermostats will even have an eco-friendly presence, which means you can set your thermostat on it and take care of it yourself.
Insulating your home means that the energy you are producing in your home will stay in your home, and will not leak out of your walls or roof. The two main types of insulation are cavity insulation and loft insulation.
Cavity wall insulation
About 35% of the energy generated inside your home can be lost by not having the walls of your cavity heated. To test your cavity wall insulation, you need to ask a registered installer to drill a small hole and then he will tell you if your cavity walls are insulating. If you do not have insulation, you will need to hire an installer to do the job. Cavity wall insulation can cost a lot of money, ranging from £ 400 to £ 700 depending on the size of the property. You will see a return of this money but you will not lose that 35% energy anymore.
Scaffolding insulation is also important, as about 25% of energy can be lost with an uninsulated scaffolding. Scaffolding insulation is cheaper than cavity wall insulation, at around £ 250 to £ 300, depending on the size of your home. But just like your cavity wall insulation, you will get this money back over time because you will no longer lose 25% of your strength.
When it comes to appliances, especially kitchen appliances, it is often newer. This refers to how much more efficient the new equipment has become than their old counterpart. Most equipment now includes an energy efficiency rating which means you will find the most efficient equipment for your budget.
You should first look into replacing your kitchen appliances, as these are the appliances that will use the most energy and the most. The best way is to start with your washing machine, as it will turn on twice a week. You may want to try buying a washing machine with an A +++ efficiency rating because it is the most energy efficient. Then you will want to get a new dryer and refrigerator which is more energy efficient.
Switching to an energy provider is one of the easiest steps you can take to become more energy efficient and all you need is the latest energy bill and internet access. Check out a price comparison website for energy tariffs in your area. You may be surprised and find a good tariff for your area. You will then want to follow the on-screen instructions to change suppliers. It may take up to a month for the provider to change.
Following these 5 steps will give you an idea of what you can do to transform into an energy-efficient home in 2021.