A new year can bring a lot of new changes, so why not make a change, and make your home more energy efficient in 2021. Improving your energy efficiency has a multitude of benefits but the best is that you are both saving the planet and reducing your energy bills while doing it! Reading through this guide will give you 5 tips on making your home more energy-efficient!
The first big change you can make to your home is changing your heating system. If your boiler is older than ten years then chances are it could be around 60% efficiency, meaning that 40% of all energy is being wasted or used to power itself. Comparing this with a newer boiler that is rated around 90% efficiency, you will only be losing 10% of the energy generated!
When it comes to choosing a new boiler, you will want to see which type of boiler your home has, they are usually combi, system or conventional. You will then want to go on and choose a boiler brand and then hire a gas safe engineer to fit your boiler.
With the amount of smart technology that is around today, it is a great idea to put some of them to use to help your energy efficiency. The best of which to use is a smart thermostat. Smart thermostats allow you to connect to your homes heating system via your homes Wi-Fi via a companion app, meaning that no matter where you are, you are in control of your heating. These thermostats can also learn about your daily behaviour, meaning it can automatically plan around your day and ensure that the heating is not on when it does not need to be. Some thermostats will even have an eco-friendly present, meaning that you can set your thermostat to this and it should take care of itself.
Insulating your home will mean that the energy you are producing in your home, will be staying in your home, and not escaping through either your walls or ceilings. The two main types of insulation are cavity wall and loft insulation.
Cavity wall insulation
Around 35% of all energy that is generated inside your home can be lost through your cavity walls not being insulated. To check your cavity wall insulation, you will need to ask a registered installer to drill a small hole and then he will let you know if your cavity walls are insulated or not. If you are not insulated, you will have to hire an installer to do the job. Cavity wall insulation can cost a lot of money, anywhere from £400 to £700 depending on property size. You will see a return on this money however as you will no longer be losing out on that 35% of energy.
Loft insulation is also important, as around 25% of energy can be lost through an uninsulated loft. Loft insulation is cheaper than cavity wall insulation, at around £250 to £300 depending on the size of your home. But just like with your cavity wall insulation, you will make this money back over time as you will no longer be losing that 25% of your energy.
When it comes to appliances, especially kitchen appliances, it is often the newer the better. This is down to how much more energy-efficient newer appliances have become compared to their older counterparts. Most appliances now include an energy efficiency rating which means that you can see the most efficient appliances for your budget.
You should be looking at replacing your kitchen appliances first, as these are the appliances that will be both using the most energy and used most. Starting with your washing machine is the best way, due to the fact it will be running around two times a week. You will want to try and purchase a washing machine with an efficiency rating of A+++ as this is the most energy efficient. You will then want to look at getting a new dryer and refrigerator that are more energy efficient.
Switching energy providers is one of the easiest steps that you can make towards being more energy-efficient and all you need is a recent energy bill and access to the internet. You to check a price comparison website for energy tariffs in your area. You may be surprised and find a better tariff for your area. You will then want to then follow the instructions on the screen to switch providers. It may take up to a month to switch providers.
Following through these 5 steps will give you an idea of what you can being to do to transform into an energy-efficient home in 2021.