How to make energy improvements to your home

In today’s day and age, we are all concerned with how we can do our bit to help care for the planet, whilst also saving ourselves some money. One of the easiest and most effective ways to do this is to introduce energy efficiency measures within your own home. Now, if you’re wondering how to improve your energy efficiency, don’t worry, we’ve got all the tips and tricks you need to know.

Why are energy efficiency measures so important?

When it comes to energy efficiency measures, you might be wondering what these are and why they are so important. Well, here is why. 

Energy efficiency measures are actions you can put in place to reduce energy consumption whilst also maintaining the same, if not better, indoor climate conditions. So, effectively, energy efficiency measures are ways of us doing our bit at home to reduce our energy consumption, as well as saving money at the same time. 

How to improve energy efficiency at home

When it comes to improving your energy efficiency at home, there are many ways of doing this. Let us tell you how:

Invest in an eco kettle

This might sound like a strange suggestion but it is one that definitely works! Many of us are guilty of filling the kettle full of water each time we want a cup of tea. It might not sound like a big deal but if you are wanting to introduce energy-efficient measures at home, consider investing in an environmentally friendly alternative.

Eco kettles can use as much as 30% less power than your traditional one, meaning that you are being kind to the planet when you make a nice hot brew. Consider other eco-friendly appliances in general like TVs and fridges, too!

Upgrade your boiler

Boilers that are inefficient and outdated are a major source of expensive home energy bills. Many of us are unaware that our boilers actually account for over half of our energy bills, meaning that when they use more energy than they actually need to, we are allowing another source of excess carbon to sneak its way into our lovely planet.

If you haven’t had a new boiler in the last 10 years or just want to introduce more energy efficiency measures into your home, consider replacing it with a new model. Worried about costs? No problem. Under the ECO scheme, boiler installations and internal wall insulation are available for little to no charge! 

Fit double glazing

Having double glazing installed can have a huge difference to your energy bills. While the initial investment of double glazing can seem quite high, the energy savings you’ll experience afterwards make it all worthwhile. The double glazing traps more heat inside of the home, instead of it being lost outside, meaning you’ll save more money in the long run.

Top tip: If you are looking into double glazing, look out for the ‘Energy Saving Trust recommended’ logo as this seal of approval is only given to the more efficient windows.

Say goodbye to standby

Leaving your TV on standby and other appliances plugged in can be a huge drain on your energy. This is another easy but important energy efficiency measure as whenever you leave an appliance on standby, rather than switching it off directly from the plug, it continues to drain energy. According to Energy Saving Trust research in 2019, between 9-16% of the electricity consumed in our homes is down to power appliances left on standby.

Just think of the energy savings we could make if we stopped leaving our appliances on standby and plugged in.

Be mindful of what you do at home

Small acts can make a big difference to your energy bills. Before making any big decisions, start small and be mindful of what you do at home.

Stop leaving lights on in rooms that you aren’t in. Stop leaving the tap running when you’re brushing your teeth. 

These little acts only take a moment to carry out but they do make a difference so don’t give up on these little acts. If everyone makes the effort then it will have a larger impact.

Insulate your home

Internal wall insulation is a fantastic energy efficiency measure that can reduce the cost of your heating bills. 

During an internal wall insulation installation, insulation material is placed on the inside of walls to act as insulation to prevent heat from escaping from your home.

By investing in this for your home, you will be well on your way to saving money and reducing your energy consumption. 

Here at Green Team Energy Solutions, we offer a range of services under the Government’s ECO scheme. Get in touch with us today to find out more.