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5 WAYS TO KEEP YOUR HOME ENERGY EFFICIENT THIS WINTER

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With energy prices rising this winter, we’re all trying to find ways to make our homes more energy efficient in order to save some money. Ofgem, the UK’s energy regulator says the average household spends around £1277 on heating and power every year, which is a huge expense. But aside from the obvious tips such as turning appliances off when they aren’t in use, and switching to energy saving lightbulbs and appliances, what else can we do?

Here are five easy ways to make your home more energy efficient this winter…

1. Wash clothes at a lower temperature

Washing your clothes at 30 degrees, instead of 40 can help reduce your energy bills over time. Of course if you are dealing with stained clothes, then 40 degrees may be better. But most of the time a 30 degree wash is more than sufficient to clean your families clothes. According to the Energy Saving Trust, washing clothes at 30 degrees uses around 40% less electricity over the course of a year compared to washing at higher temperatures. This is a really easy change that can make a big impact.

As well as this, you should always do full loads of washing. If you are doing more frequent, smaller loads you will be using more water and energy.

2. Upgrade your boiler

Upgrading your boiler to a new A rated one could save you as much as £300 a year. Of course there is an initial outlay involved in purchasing and installing a new boiler, but in the long term the savings can be huge.

If buying a new boiler isn’t an option for you at the moment then you could consider boiler repairs instead. Maybe your boiler is losing pressure, is leaking or making strange noises? All of these issues require repair in order to get your boiler back to it’s full efficiency, which will in turn contribute to a more energy efficient home. Bbright offer new boilers and installation as well as boiler repairs, at affordable prices.

3. Insulate your loft

Insulating your loft is a great way to stop heat from escaping from your home. Often it’s something that we forget about, as we don’t venture into our loft spaces very often. You can insulate your loft yourself, but it may be better to employ a professional. Again, there is an initial cost involved in this but you could then be saving over £100 per year.

4. Consider installing a smart meter

A smart meter is a device that shows you exactly how much energy you are using and how much it costs. This makes the consumer more aware of how much energy they are using and gives them more control over their spending. It’s easy for us to pop the kettle on again, or do another load of washing when we don’t know how much its costing us, right? Not only that but by installing a smart meter your meter readings will automatically be sent to your supplier, which makes life so much easier!

Here’s what Ofgem say about smart meters…

“Nationally, smart meters are central to our shift to a cleaner, more flexible energy system. We need to be able to adapt to the new, greener ways we now generate energy, such as through wind or solar power. Also to changing uses of energy, such as electric vehicle charging. For example, smart meters will record your energy use every 30 minutes. Suppliers could offer you tariffs that reduce your charges if you use power when it is cheaper for them to buy it on the wholesale market. Or it could be when it is cheaper to supply it to you, such as on a sunny or windy day.”

5. Switch energy providers

There are lots of comparison websites out there where you can search for cheaper energy tariffs. Generally you have to enter a few details about your home and current energy usage which takes just a few minutes, then you will be matched with the best deals on the market. It’s something that people often shy away from because they think switching will be a hassle, but it really doesn’t have to be and the savings can be massive.

How do you keep your home energy efficient during the winter months? Let me know your top tips. 

Thank you for reading.


 

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