Your home is your castle, it’s where you rise in the morning, and where you fall to sleep at night.
Every castle needs to be properly maintained to keep it in good order, to keep a strong defence against the outside elements. Whilst your castle may look more like a semi-detached house, you can apply some of the same theories and methods to making your home energy efficient, leading to four awesome benefits.
Save money on your energy bills
Reduce your carbon footprint
Reduce wastage of natural resources
Home improvements that increase home value
So, what does an energy efficient home consist of?
“My Energy Efficient Home Is…
Insulation plays two noteworthy roles in conserving energy for your home. The most obvious is that insulation keeps the warmth inside your home, but what it is also designed to do is to maintain a nice year-round average temperature.
This means you shouldn’t need fans in the summer, and you shouldn’t need heaters in the winter. If your home isn’t properly insulated, your money and warmth are leaking out of the walls!
If you decide to insulate your home with energy and money saving in mind, make sure you do it through experienced and certified contractors.
…Fitted With New Windows”
Many people wrongly assume that if they have double-glazed windows, all of their problems are solved. The truth is that like most objects, there is an element of wear and tear, and after many years, the double glazing is no longer effective, often noticeable by significant condensation inside the panes.
Another thing that may happen is the locking mechanism becomes damaged and the window fails to close properly. These things don’t always happen, but when they do, they become your invisible enemies! If you are currently single glazed, triple-glazing your windows is a very worthwhile investment.
…Fitted With LED/CFL Lighting”
The simplest way to save money and be better for the environment, whether you have a house or business premises, is to get rid of you incandescent bulbs. They are a small investment upfront, but will pay themselves off quickly, usually in less than six months.
LED lights are ten times more energy efficient than old-school incandescent bulbs, needing just 6W of energy, as opposed to 60W. Replacing every bulb in your home may cost a couple of hundred pounds, but consider that a £300 yearly light cost would be reduced to £30, and you can appreciate the savings.
…Supported By Solar Power”
By far the most expensive of these suggestions for an energy efficient home, but simply consider that being able to generate your own electricity means no more electricity bills, and you can see why experts predict 10 million homes in the UK will have photovoltaic panels by 2020.
As energy prices continue to increase and begin to feel heavier and heavier a burden on bill-payers, more and more people are going to be drawn to this incredible green solution. Innovators are also looking ways to include a ‘home battery’ that stores all the excess solar energy.
We’re not suggesting you develop ‘the home of the future’, but simple technology solutions, like smart meters, radiators and programmable thermostats can help you save so much on your energy bills.
Smart meters give you (and your energy supplier) real-time, high quality energy data which often makes people more active in reducing their consumption, they can report electricity faults to the distribution company and also show you how your gas, electricity and water is used in the home.
You also have an option to choose a Veri Smart electric radiator with an integrated control unit
Programmable thermostats are fitted with a digital display and more advanced versions all feature accurate temperature control via a mobile app; warm your home up while you’re on your way back from work!
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