Going Green: The Importance of Energy Efficiency in the Home

There has definitely been a shift in the way that many people think about energy consumption within their homes. In fact, the energy efficiency of a building can be a deciding factor for many people when they are thinking about buying a new home.

The main reasons for having energy efficient homes are of course, to save on fuel bills and to help protect the environment. This is now taken so seriously, that all new homes built in the UK need to pass stringent insulation and energy saving regulations.

If you are concerned about your energy consumption and would like to reduce your utility bills, there are a number of easy ways to make your home greener and more efficient.

1. Foam Wall Insulation

If your home is over 50 years old, there is a good chance that the walls are double skinned cavity brickwork. This means that there is a gap between the inner and outer wall. If your home has cavity brickwork it is well advised to hire a cavity insulation specialist to fill the gap between the brickwork with insulation foam. This will significantly reduce your fuel bills and your home will feel much warmer over the winter months.

2. Extra Loft Insulation

These days, most lofts are insulated to some degree or another. However, it is always worth checking to see what you have in yours. You can easily add an extra layer of insulation material on top of your existing layer which will of course, increase your lofts insulation value.

3. Heating Fuel

You can save yourself quite a tidy sum over the period of a few years if you invest in a heating oil heating system. These systems run on either kerosene or bio fuel oils with the fuel storage tank generally just being tucked away in your garden. You can visit www.homefuelsdirect.co.uk or other similar heating oil specialists to get the more information and prices.

4. Light Bulbs

Compact fluorescent light bulbs can help to reduce your electricity bills. These newer types of bulb are much more efficient than the older filament kind and are worth installing in every room in the home. They also last much longer than the traditional bulbs helping you to make even further savings.

5. Check Your Water Boilers

Over time, boilers can become worn and become inefficient. So, if your boiler is over ten years old it is certainly worth looking into investing into a newer more up-to-date model. A new boiler will heat your water and heating system faster and will cost you less. It is an investment that will save you quite significant sums in the long run.

6. Your Windows Units

Good double glazed windows can help to reduce your fuel bills substantially. If you have old double glazed units or even older single glazed ones it is a very good idea to replace them. If a whole new set of double glazed windows is a bit over your budget, some good heavy curtains can help to reduce drafts over the cold winter months.

7. Your Home’s Thermostat

If your hot water comes out of the tap at near scolding temperatures, you may have your thermostat set too high. There is no real need to have your water at these temperatures as you only end up using cold water to reduce the heat. So, try to set your thermostat to somewhere around 60 degrees centigrade, this will help to keep your energy bills down.

8. Washing Machine Efficiency

You can save energy and reduce your bills by sensible use of your washing machine. Most machines actually perform the same at 40 degrees centigrade as they do at sixty. Also remember to use the half load settings if the machine is not fully loaded. You can make even further savings by air drying your washing for an hour or so before you put them into your tumble dryer.

An energy efficient home is something that everyone should strive to create to help protect the environment and of course, to help reduce your annual household energy bills. So, if you think your home could be improved, why not start on your own home energy efficiency project.

Georgia Bergin

Georgia Bergin - A writer who is a passionate creator of beauty for both interior design and home improvement.

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