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Top Tips for Saving Energy in the Home

Posted by SEPCO

11/29/11 9:30 AM

Green Home Energy

Most of us are looking to reduce the amount of energy we use, whether for financial or environmental reasons – or both. If this sounds like you, read on for our top tips for saving energy in the home.

Cheap or Free

1.       Turn Your Thermostat Down

Reduce the temperature in your home by just three degrees and not only could you save yourself around 10% on your heating bill, but you’ll reduce your CO2 emissions by the same amount as if an average meat eater halved the amount of beef they consume!

Cost: nothing

2.       Draught-Proof Your Property

Most properties are afflicted with an abundance of small gaps and holes, most of which we’re not even aware of, despite the warmth they deplete from our homes.

Filling in these gaps should cost less than $150, however you can hire a professional to carry out the work for you for around $150 more.

Cost: $150 - $300

3.       Invest in Insulation

Relatively cheap and highly effective, if your home isn’t properly insulated, it should be. Insulation can start from as little as a couple of dollars a roll and fitting it is a relatively easy DIY job to complete. Grants and tax credits are available to those on a limited income.

Cost: $0 - $4,500 (dependent on grants, how much of the property you insulate and whether or not you do the work yourself)

Costs a Little Bit More

1.       Double Glazing

If you’re still suffering the perils of single glazed windows, it really is worth investing in an upgrade. Single glazed windows lose more than twice as much heat as their double glazed counterparts. Thus, replacing your old windows with two panes will substantially reduce how high you need your thermostat while significantly increasing how comfortable your home feels during the winter months.

Triple glazing is also an option for those with the cash to spare and if you do, they’re worth some consideration – they’ll reduce heat loss through the windows to almost zero.

Cost: from around $550 per window

2.       Solar Panels

Solar panels reduce your need to use and pay for electricity, allowing you to instead utilise the natural energy of the sun. In some cases, they could even see you selling energy back to the companies that previously provided you with it.

What’s more, disregarding the CO2 emissions needed to make the panels themselves, solar energy emits zero CO2.

Sadly, this sort of eco-friendliness does not come cheap.

Cost: $10,000 – $30,000 (grants or incentives may be available)

3.       Upgrade Your Boiler

Many households are relying on old and inefficient boilers to heat their homes throughout the winter, yet an upgrade could see them enjoying savings of up to 40%.

While a new boiler doesn’t come cheap, they will last for many years while dramatically increasing the comfort of your home. They’ll probably be safer too.

Cost: upwards of $2000

This post was written by James Harper on behalf of Stormclad who fit double glazed windows in Nottingham. James is always looking for ways to reduce his energy bills as well as his impact on the environment.

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