Easy home improvements to increase your energy efficiency
Looking for some easy home improvements to increase your energy efficiency? There are lots of ways to tackle energy loss in each room of your house, that don’t require a huge amount of time or money – something we’re all short of. For inspiration on how to save energy in each room of your house, check out our handy guide below.
- Be smart about appliances in the bedroom that use up a lot of electricity – if you watch TV in bed or charge your phone up while you sleep you are probably leaving devices on standby or switched on all the time, which is just wasting electricity and money.
- Make sure your bedding is season-appropriate – too warm in the summer will mean you need a fan to keep cool while you sleep and too cold in the winter will mean you need your heating on for longer, extra blankets or electric blankets to stay cosy.
- Thicker rugs will insulate your flooring to stop your feet from feeling cold, especially if you have tiles or wooden flooring rather than carpet.
- Your thermostat control is normally located in the living room, so make sure you keep an eye on it and check it’s not too high. Even a few degrees lower will make huge differences to your home heating oil spend without causing the room to be an uncomfortable temperature.
- Draught excluders around the door will help to keep your room cosy, and prevent those annoying breezes when you’re trying to relax.
- Chimney balloons are a great way to insulate your living room if you don’t use your fire.
- Energy efficient bulbs are great in your attic, as it’s not normally a space you use all the time, therefore if the light bulb takes a while to reach full luminosity it’s no big deal. You can use them in other less-frequently used rooms around the house too for the same reason.
- Insulation in your attic will help prevent a lot of heat loss. It’s easy to install yourself as long as you protect your hands and arms from the fibres as you roll it out.
- Installing a low-flow shower head reduces the amount of water used each time you shower, and if you use your home heating oil to heat your water for bathing this solution will save hot water and money each time you use it.
- Insulate your hot water heater with a jacket to keep the water warmer for longer.
- Smart appliances will help you save energy, and in the kitchen the biggest energy drains tend to be your fridge/freezer, washing machine and dishwasher. A++ rated appliances are the most energy efficient models you can buy, so they’ll save money in running costs, and water (where appropriate) saving you money in the long term.
- Heat from the oven can be used to heat this room after you’ve finished cooking, as long as it’s safe to leave the oven door open (i.e. no pets or small children around).