Medium cost projects
- Change to LED lighting which use a fraction of the energy and last for up to 25 years
- Switch to solar power lights for all lights in your garden
- Insulate your loft to a thickness of 270mm
- Take control of your heating system by investing in a room thermostat and thermostatic radiator valves
There are lots of measures you can take to future proof your home by making it more energy efficient and less prone to ever rising energy bills:
Low cost actions
- Switch off unnecessary lights and appliances left on standby
- Make it easy to turn off difficult to reach electrical items using remote controlled sockets
- Monitor usage to understand the energy used by household appliances
- Use appliances during the evening/night when electricity is cheaper
- Use re-chargeable batteries
- Seal gaps to reduce the energy lost due to draughts
A well-insulated property will reduce heat loss and therefore the amount of energy required to heat the property. Heat is lost through 5 key areas of the house; doors and windows, loft, walls, floors and pipes and cylinders. Insulating these areas will considering help reduce heat loss.
Improving your hot water system can help to reduce energy consumption. For example, using instant water heats, flow limiters and pipe/tank lagging can reduce water usage and heat loss. Other solutions include choosing A+ rated appliances and fitting better TRVs, thermostats and control units.
Identifying areas of your home that leak air and proofing them can help reduce heat loss and therefore the amount of energy required to maintain temperature.
Simple solutions can help reduce this, such as, applying draught strips around windows, filling cracks in walls and ceilings with caulk or foam filler, sealing gaps around flues, vents or cables, install a chimney pillow and draught proofing gaps around outside doors plus keyholes and letterboxes.