The cost of energy is going through the roof these days – quite literally when you consider how much heat is lost through the ceilings and loft. But with a little effort and the right appliances and investment in your home, you can enjoy lower energy bills and increase the value of your home.
Renewable energy is a form of power that doesn’t deplete. Unlike conventional forms of energy like coal, gas, and oil, renewable energy is abundant and produces fewer carbon emissions to generate and transport. Although wind, solar, and wave power are significantly cleaner than fossil fuels, it still produces some carbon emissions. Overall, however, it is more sustainable.
If you want to make your home sustainable, you need to switch to renewable energy. This is pretty easy to do nowadays. The majority of energy suppliers offer a renewable energy option for you to choose from, but remember, this renewable power also produces carbon emissions. It might be better to install solar panels that provide energy directly and allow you to earn a profit.
Did you know that around 50% of the heat generated in the home is lost through the windows? That figure can be far lower if you have the right windows installed. The right windows are ones that are configured to your home and your location. If you live in a warm part of the country, for instance, you might need some reflective glass to stay cool; colder regions need double glazing.
Energy-efficient windows don’t have to be boring; instead, they can be decorative and functional – look out for energy saving double hung windows. Hung windows are designed to open at the top and the bottom, offering you more versatility and functionality. These windows work great in any room, and they are very energy efficient. Modern hung windows also have double glazing.
Energy Efficient Appliances
When it comes to energy efficiency in the home, there are two things to think about, the cost of buying energy-efficient appliances and the cost of running them. There is little point in investing in a cheaper home appliance if it’s going to cost you extra every year to operate. Energy efficient appliances – such as energy star appliances – are widely available and worth buying.
Chances are your home appliances are not as efficient as they could be; most people have legacy appliances that still operate and are not worth replacing yet. Still, it’s worth thinking about replacing your appliances systematically. Why not focus on a single room every year and invest in sustainability changes? This approach increases a home’s value and makes selling it easier.
Most of your home’s energy is lost through the windows, walls, doors, and ceiling. Since generating energy is expensive – especially in today’s economy – and increases greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, it makes sense to pay close attention to the insulation in your home. Installing effective insulation reduces your energy bills and makes your home more sustainable.
There are different types of home insulation available; one of the best insulation types for the walls is cavity wall insulation. Cavity wall insulation is a type of foam that is injected into the walls; it fills in all of the cracks and gaps that cause heat loss. But it’s best to use firm boards for the loft; these can be made from synthetic or natural fibres. They can also be decorated.
Most homes have a thermostat, even if it is operated manually or located on the radiators. A thermostat is a device used to moderate the temperature of a room or the home overall. Older thermostats need require manual temperature adjustment, but that’s not the case with smart thermostats. Smart units have a range of options that offers flexibility and versatility in the home.
Installing a smart thermostat in your home is an excellent idea. A smart thermostat allows you to set the temperature of individual rooms so that you get the best efficiency for your home. A quality smart thermostat can even detect the temperature of the rooms and adjust accordingly. Modern thermostats also link to smartphones allowing you to monitor energy use on the move.
Make this year the one when you start investing seriously in your home’s energy efficiency. Energy is not getting cheaper, and the world is shifting ever more swiftly to renewable and alternative energy sources. These 5 routes to energy efficiency are a great place to begin your journey towards lower energy bills at the end of the year and a home that’s ready for the future.