How to ensure your home is running efficiently
We can all do more to live an eco-friendly lifestyle, and one way to begin is by ensuring your home is energy efficient.
Many of our homes use energy supplied from fossil fuels that are responsible for substantial emissions of carbon dioxide, and so creating an energy efficient home plays a vital role in reducing our carbon footprint. Not only is living an energy-efficient home life good for the environment, you’ll also find that it’s beneficial for your finances, health and comfort too.
Here we discuss easy ways to increase the efficiency of your home and become more eco-conscious along the way.
Invest in insulation
Whilst insulation can be costly upfront, the amount of money you will save in the future and the health benefits make it well worth the investment. There are even grants and discounts that can help with the initial cost.
Many homeowners have reported that good insulation immediately caused their energy bills to decrease thanks to the consistent temperature throughout the year. Even when the weather outside is cold, insulation helps to keep the heat inside your home, so your heating system doesn’t need to work as hard to maintain a comfortable temperature.
Over time, you will see that your decrease in bills counteracts the upfront cost of installing insulation. This decrease in energy also means a more eco-friendly home, therefore making insulation an easy and healthy way to reduce your home’s carbon footprint.
One of the best ways to protect your home is through roof and wall insulation, which enables fresh air to replace any indoor air that may contain odours and moisture that can easily become a health issue. Having an eco-friendly home is not just good for the environment, it is beneficial for you and your family’s health too, with warm and dry homes leading to less visits to the GP.
Insulation may be a beneficial way to keep you energy down, but you will also need to play your part in keeping the warmth inside your home so your heating system doesn’t have to.
Minimising draughts is a simple way to ensure you keep the heat in. Build up the habit of keeping doors shut and you’ll soon find that each room is able to maintain its heat without racking up the energy bills.
You can also find draught excluders that can help keep the cold air out. Placed in the bottom crack of doors and windows, these sand-filled fabric tubes help eliminate slow heat loss and look nice in the home, too – you’ll find many stylish ones online.
Other ways to draught-proof your home include filling cracks in the floorboard, and capping your chimney if you have one.
Ensure your radiators are working correctly
Checking your radiators are working efficiently is another way to ensure your home is benefiting the environment, your finances and your health.
It is important to ensure your heating system is effective, and radiator problems can quickly cause your boiler to work too hard and therefore rack up the energy bills. However, don’t fret if you discover your radiators aren’t working – it’s usually a quick and easy fix, though for most issues you will need professional help.
Common issues include a radiator being cold at the top, which means you will need to bleed the radiator to help release the trapped air pockets, or cold at the bottom, which usually indicates that sludge has accumulated and needs flushing. You may also find that the radiator thermostat has seized. No matter what the issue, once this is fixed you’ll find your energy levels will decrease once again.
Only heat when you need it
It is all too easy to keep your boiler running 24/7, but this could be a big reason why your home is not very eco-friendly. Keeping your boiler on means that it needs to work constantly to keep the temperature at a set level, which will see a steady rise in your energy bills.
An easy way to make your home more efficient is by setting a timer for your boiler. If you head out to work for a certain amount of time each day, set the boiler to switch back on just before you get home. This means your heating will be off while you’re out, but your home will be nice and warm for when you return. You could even turn off the boiler while sleeping – instead, wrap yourself up in a higher tog duvet and a cosy throw.
Replace old windows
Much like insulation, ensuring your windows are double-glazed is another easy way to increase your home’s efficiency and lower your carbon footprint. Double-glazing involves windows with two glass panes in a sealed unit, allowing less cold air to get inside your home.
Reducing the amount of warm air escaping, decreasing any draughts and even lessening external noise pollution is just some of the ways replacing old single-glazed windows can help you maintain a comfortable and energy efficient home. Add heavy thermal curtains and you’ll soon be on your way to a cosy home life.
As we begin to look at more ways to reduce our carbon footprint and lead a more sustainable lifestyle, ensuring your home is energy efficient is a great way to start your eco-friendly journey.
There are multiple ways to do so, including ensuring your home is properly insulated, replacing old windows with double-glazed ones, and keeping your radiators healthy. Homemakers can also practice energy-saving rituals each day, including eliminating draughts by shutting doors and buying draught excluders, buying thermal curtains and layering up, and even setting the timer off when they do not need it.