When it comes to making your home more environmentally friendly and saving energy yourself, you typically think of things such as solar panels taking over your roof or having to erect a wind turbine in your garden! Whilst these are both ways which you can indeed turn your home into an ec0-friendly abode, this is taking it to the extreme and there’s many simpler and more affordable ways to save yourself energy at home in order to reduce your bills and do your bit for the environment.
First things first; ensure you have your boiler serviced regularly! It’s generally suggested that you have your boiler and central heating system services at least once a year to ensure it’s working as efficiently as possible. Many gas companies such as British Gas will offer free servicing if you have repair contracts with them so, for many people, it won’t even cost you a penny to have your boiler checker over. If yours isn’t working as efficiently as it could be doing, having it services and repaired could see you saving a fair bit of energy at home.
Secondly, make sure the entire house is running energy saving lightbulbs. It’s estimated that over the course of a year each energy saving bulb can save a typical homeowner £7 and a whopping £78 over the lifetime of the bulb. If you multiply this by the number of bulbs in your house, you can very quickly see why it makes sense to make the change to energy saving bulbs. For more information, you can visit The Energy Saving Trust.
Thirdly; turn off appliances at the plug as opposed to reaching for the remote and pressing standby. By simply turning off your computer and TV at the plug rather than pressing standby, you could see yourself saving a whopping £60 on your annual bills. It’s these little things which all add up and, all combined, could see you saving a fair bit of energy each year.
Lastly; put reflective panels in place behind your radiators to reflect the heat back into the room. That way; you’ll be able to use less energy to heat your room which in turn reduces the overall amount of energy you use.
All in all, the little things really do add up! By using the off switch as opposed to standby, switching to energy saving bulbs and having your boiler services regularly, you can very quickly save a noticeable amount of energy and not only will you save on your bills but you’ll also be doing your bit for the environment!
This guest post comes courtesy of RoomBuddies.com, a leading UK resource which caters for those looking for rooms to rent in Birmingham and, in turn, in helping those involved to reduce their household bills.