With energy costs continuing to rise there’s no doubt about the impact it’s having on homeowners. Energy efficiency is becoming increasingly important as people look for ways to reduce their energy usage and help cut costs.
If you live in a new build home, it’s likely you’re already saving on your energy bills as new build home buyers in the UK are collectively saving over £500 million a year in energy bills - that's a saving of £2,600 per homeowner!
This is because all newly built homes have been required to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) before being sold since 2007. EPCs were introduced to improve the energy efficiency of all properties designed and built, meaning new build homeowners require less energy to run their home.
However, improving the energy efficiency of your home is always a good thing as not only does it keep your bills low, it also helps the environment and reduces emissions.
Alongside the rising energy costs, climate change and protecting our environment are pressing concerns, and it’s more important than ever to make sure your home is energy efficient.
Regardless of whether your home is a new build or not, there’s always something you can do to make your home even more energy efficient. Here’s a few things to keep in mind.
The smallest changes can have the biggest impact and simply tweaking a few of your daily habits can make quite a difference to the amount of energy you use. If you don’t already, make sure to:
These may not sound like huge changes, but over time the results will build up and you will see the difference in your energy bill.
Insulation brings huge benefits in terms of retaining the heat in your home, reducing the need for heating and making sure that all the energy you do use isn’t going to waste. Installing insulation in your loft, walls and even floor can help trap heat and make sure no air escapes through small cracks or crevices in your home.
It’s also useful to seal any air leaks that may be around your doors and windows to prevent drafts and stop warm air escaping.
Depending on when your heating system was installed, it might be time for an upgrade. Newer heating systems are often more energy efficient than older systems and use less energy to produce the same amount of heat - leading to significant energy savings over time!
Smart meters especially are a useful way of keeping track of exactly how much power you’re consuming and where you can reduce it.
It’s also important to take a look at your radiators, as although most have huge benefits in terms of efficiency, older radiators have quite the opposite effect. The country's leading radiator supplier, Trade Radiators, suggests that you should be following “the ten-year rule” so if your radiator is much older than 10 years, it definitely needs a change.
The appliances in your home make up a large portion of your energy bill and carbon footprint. To minimise their impact, alongside turning them off when not in use, try replacing appliances and fixtures with more energy efficient alternatives.
For example, every home uses light bulbs but LED or CFL bulbs in particular have the lowest energy usage. When it comes to larger, household appliances like your washing machine or fridge ensure you choose energy efficient or Energy Star-certified models.
Even replacing your shower could lower your bills as features like low-flow showerheads are designed to reduce water consumption without sacrificing performance.