There are lots of things you can do to make your home energy efficient, which is not only better for the environment but often better for your wallet. Sometimes a few subtle changes is all it takes, other times you might have to invest a little money and time in order to get something back in the long run. Either way, energy efficient homes are far more desirable to property buyers, so if you plan on selling one day in the future, this will improve your chances of getting a good deal. It’s a good idea to get the following changes made over the course of the summer so that you can be ready for winter when you’re likely to use more energy.
Start by making sure any air leaks around your windows are sealed so that warm air from your heating doesn’t escape and cool air doesn’t come in. You may also want to consider double glazing if you don’t already have it. As well as keeping heat in, double glazed windows are also great for insulating your home against any noise pollution. What’s more, you can expect reduced condensation.
One great way to become more efficient is to replace your old radiators with underfloor heating. This allows heat to rise evenly into the room, rather than just one corner. Heat from radiators is often lost to the wall, compelling you to turn up the thermostat. As a result, your heating bills become extortionate during winter. There are also no ongoing maintenance fees with underfloor heating, so once they’re installed you don’t have to worry about them.
It’s a good idea to replace your old traditional light bulbs with energy efficient LEDs. You should be able to find some that work with all of the different fittings in your home. LEDs are great because they provide immediate light as soon as they’re switched on and they’re available in a huge array of colours. Make sure your light switches are appropriately placed so that they can be easily turned off when leaving a room, otherwise you might forget.
You may need to replace several of your other home appliances if you truly want to become more energy efficient. Avoid leaving appliance on stand by and be sure to unplug all of your chargers when you’re not using them. Small changes here and there can make a big difference.