Concentrate On Energy Efficiency Within Your Home

Consumers in the UK are under pressure from price rises by energy suppliers, and this has generated demand for energy saving ideas and technologies. As fossil-based resources dwindle around the world, but the demand for energy increases, the need for energy efficiency and more sustainable sources of energy becomes urgent. The Government has committed to meeting 15% of the UK’s energy needs from renewable sources by 2020, so let’s consider ways in which you can bring energy savings into your home.

Looking at simple changes first, your heating controls. If you have a timed system, could you alter the timer, so that the heating comes on later, and goes off earlier? Do you change the heating timer according to the seasons, or do they remain the same all year round? Opinions vary on best practice here; some folks think that you should cut back the timer, and have the heating active for the least amount of time, and others take the view that it’s better to leave it on all the time, on the basis that it does most of its work, and uses more energy, when heating rooms up from cold. Try both ways yourself and see what works best for you.

If you have a hot water tank, think about doubling up on the insulation around it. If the insulating jacket is a loose fit, or if it’s worn, replace it and consider putting another one on top of it.

Simple draughtproofing can often yield benefits, even if this is only a slight increase in comfort for the occupants. Sealing strips on doors and windows can decay over the years, and a tour around your home armed with some fresh draughtproofing strip from the DIY store might be a well-spent hour or two.

European legislation has been enacted to forbid the sale of incandescent light bulbs, and the electrical shops and DIY stores are full of the energy-saving types these days. Whilst the savings here aren’t as significant as, say, installing double glazing or loft insulation, remember the old saying – every little helps.

Talking of loft insulation, how deep is yours? The chances are that it doesn’t come up to the recommended depths – from 220 to 270mm for the various types – cellulose, rock wool and glass wool.

Well, we’re almost done, and haven’t even considered the ‘big-ticket’ improvements – double glazing, cavity wall insulation, boiler upgradesFree Reprint Articles, and the like. Maybe next time.

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