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How To Save Energy And Money In Your Home

Jonathon Gregory

Are you finding yourself spending hundreds of pounds a year on energy bills and consumption and wondering if there are any ways to cut your energy usage down? If you think about it, our homes are constantly using energy and burning away both cash and carbon to our environment and there are millions of things you can do to try and reduce it. If everyone in the UK reduced their energy consumption, our planet would be a far better place.

Well for your benefit, we have come up with a ‘how to’ guide of tips and tricks to try and reduce the energy usage in your home in order to assist you to a cheaper more energy efficient future.

1 – Insulating Your Home.

Ever heard of the phrase ‘don’t put your coat on inside or you won’t feel the benefit when your outside?’ Well, with cavity wall insulation you will have no excuse to wear a coat indoors as you could already feel enough of the warmth benefit in your own home for less.

A whopping 40% of heat is lost through lofts and walls alone, making insulation one of the best investments when trying to cut money on your energy bills as you could see yourself saving up to £250 a year in a regular 2 bed detached house *(1)

Not only this, but cavity wall insulation could be eligible for funding through ECO – 9/10 homes actually qualify for it for free, so you could start saving money straight away. Don’t mind if I do.

*Estimate figures based on insulating gas-heated homes, figures may vary.

2 – Changing to LED lights.

How hard is screwing in a light bulb? – Well, to some maybe harder than others, but still, changing to LED lighting is probably just as easy, if not an easier way to potentially save yourself energy in your home.

LED’s use up to a whopping 90% less electricity than an average light bulb and could save you up to £412 a year on your energy bills. Not only this, but they now come with special fittings to change directly with your exiting light bulbs and can last for up to 12 years, so you don’t have to worry so much about your bulb screwing skills after all! (2).

* Based on changing 20 halogen lightbulbs for LED lights on 8 hour a day usage of electricity, rates may vary dependable on how many lights fitted and how often lights are used in the home.

3- Draught Proofing

Sometimes even with double glazing windows or the right insulation it may seem draughty in your home when there’s a gale blowing outside, especially with the UK’s unpredictable weather. According to The Energy Saving Trust, draught proofing is one of the cheapest, most efficient ways to save some money on your energy bills, and by making such a simple step to doing so you could save up to £50 a year (1).

4- Get a new condensing boiler!

According to the Energy Saving Trust, boilers actually make up for about 55% of you energy bills, therefore replacing an old gas boiler with no controls with an A rated high efficiency condensing boiler with a full set of controls could possibly save you up to £350 a year!*(1)

You could be eligible for funding towards a new boiler if you receive qualifying benefits both on and off the gas grid, or if not, there are also many finance options available so you can pay monthly over a time scale that suits you.

*These are estimated figures based on installing a new A-rated condensing boiler with a programmer, room thermostat and thermostatic radiator controls (TRVs) in a gas-heated home from an older boiler without controls. Savings will vary depending on the size and thermal performance of your home.

5 – Solar PV Panels

The Energy saving trust gives all the info on how to do your best with reducing your electricity bills, and apparently the price of solar PV panels is going down! Consequently, this would be the best time to invest in some solar PV panels to reduce your electricity bills in your home and could possibly save you up to 50% less electricity a year with a typical 4kwp panel. Not only that, but with the new Feed in Tariff, you may also be eligible for quarterly payments from your energy company based on each unit (kwh) of electricity you generate*(up to £586 a year), and the electricity you don’t use can be sold back to the grid via The Export Tariff.

*The rates you could receive vary on the size of the system you have installed, what is installed and when it is installed. The technology also has to be installed by a certified installer (i.e Tempo)

What to do from here? All of the above products and services are available at Tempo. If you are considering any of the above measures, or would like further information on the topic, do not hesitate to give us a call on 0800 152 2011 or visit our website at www.temposavesenergy.com.

References
1- The Energy Saving Trust
2- LEDHUT.CO.UK

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