Saving energy in the home is not difficult, but it is important. When you use less energy you pay less. On your monthly bill you won’t notice much difference, but when you look on an annual basis it adds up to a decent amount of money. Better in your pocket than in the coffers of the Energy companies.
By cutting down on your energy useage you help to create a better environment for you and future generations. Considering the young are going to be saddled with billions of debt after the global financial meltdown the least we can do is make sure they have a healthy and clean environment in which to live.
This is the first in a series of energy saving articles and in this one we look at saving money on our heating bills without any impact on our lifestyle.
Useful Energy Saving Tips for Heating Homes
2. For every one degree you lower your heating thermostat you reduce your heating bill by 7% . Try keeping an eye on the next day’s weather and adjust the temperature settings accordingly as in the UK it is common to go from 5 degrees one day to 12 degrees the next and yet we leave the heating at the same temperature for the same amount of time.
3. Try reducing the temperature of the last hour at night down to 13 to 15 degrees as the built up heat will still keep the house warm at this lower setting.
4.If your boiler is older than 5 years, and if finances allow, think about upgrading to a far more energy efficient boiler as this can save around 15% of energy used. Also regularly service your boiler.
5. In summer reduce the time that the hot water is being heated as the ground temperature means you need less time to get the water up to temperature.
6. Insulate your walls with subsidized cavity injections or if you have solid walls consider insulating paints,insulating wallpapers,drylining or external wall insulation.
7. If having double glazing fitted invest in A rated frames and have argon gas filled glass units. These are 25% more energy efficient than lesser glazing units.
8. Flush through your radiators and bleed them to ensure they are working properly with no cold spots on their surface and fit radiator reflectors behind the panels to save 11% being lost on external walls
9. If you have vented floor boards and are having new flooring use the opportunity to insulate between the joists with breathable mineral wool insulation
10. Eliminate excessive draughts by checking seals around doors and windows
Alternative Heating Sources
Depending upon finances and the situation with grants you may also wish to seriously consider alternatives such as Ground or Air Source Heat Pumps, PV Solar Panels,Wood Burners or even Wind Turbines for light industrial or agricultural reasons.
In future years as technology is refined the cost of these heating alternatives should drop to a far more affordable level so it is worth re-visiting these systems every few years if they are currently out of your budget range.