Household bills can be a constant nightmare for home owners. Energy bills are possibly the most frustrating as you really don’t know what you’re gonna get every time they come around. Months where you were trying to be careful with your energy can end up being even more costly than the ones where you didn’t give it much thought. To many the idea of being able to control or limit these payments is nonsense. With the right research and by taking clever actions however, you can make your home more energy efficient and see the monetary benefits over time. These are 5 clever home energy saving tips that you should implement today;
This one sounds like the most obvious thing in the world but it can’t be overlooked. How many times does one of the occupants in your home forget to switch off a plug, appliance or light? If you answered never, then you’re one of the more responsible people out there. For the rest of us unfortunately, investing in timers, smart home appliances and light fixtures would be a great idea. We wrote about these in our blog post on “Smart Home Gadgets” and many can allow you to control your energy using mobile apps while on the move. The days of wondering if you left the iron/oven on could soon be over and you could start saving more than just your peace of mind!
Know Your Temperatures:
Many people overheat their homes during winter and end up driving their energy bills through the roof. This coupled with excessively hot showers, dishwasher and washing machines settings uses a significantly larger amount of energy than lower settings. According to the SEAI, you should turn the thermostat for your living areas down to 20°C. The temperature in hallways and bedrooms should be cooler, ideally between 15-18°C. By adhering to these guidelines (within reason of course), you should begin to save money on those energy costs.
Think about the areas in your home that are always colder. This may be due to draughts or weaknesses in the frames of a door or window. Use curtains to keep the heat in and close heated rooms off from the rest of the house. A chimney balloon can help keep the heat in if you no longer use the fireplace. Being conscious of how these impact on your homes general heating will help you to reduce your level of wasted energy each month.
Keeping a casual eye on your home energy usage is not massively reliable. If your home does not have a modern energy monitoring system, then consider purchasing one today. This will tell you how much energy your home is using in real time. From this you will understand how for example electric showers drive up usage and that things as simple as leaving a light on can all add up at the end of a billing period.
As the government continues to push towards a greener country, there are many grants or incentives available for homeowners who want to make their home more energy efficient. According to the citizens information website, some of the include;
- Attic insulation
- Wall insulation – including cavity wall, internal dry lining and external insulation
- Heating controls upgrade
- Solar thermal solutions
- Heat pump systems (this grant is available from 16 April 2018)
- A Building Energy Rating (BER) after the energy-saving work is carried out (you must get this BER to qualify for the grant)
Although these kind of projects will likely still incur a significant initial cost, you will see the return on investment in your energy rating over the years that follow. For more on these initiatives, check out the citizens information website.
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