Simple Ways to Have a More Energy Efficient Home and Save You Money

Written by Chloe Harwood

We are all looking for ways to save some money on our homes. The cost of heating and bills can really add up. So if there are some small things that we can do to save, then it will make such a difference.

Think about heating and cooling your home for instance. It can take up nearly half of the costs of running your home! It is pretty crazy when you think about it like that. So one way to beat the rising cost of that is to have a thermostat that you can program. Then you can set the times that you want the heating or air conditioning to come on. In winter, it is a good idea to keep the heating routine on, even if you’re not in the home. So if you are on vacation, set it to come on, even if it is just for an hour a day. It will help all of your pipes stay clear and stop water from freezing in them. You could set it to a cooler temperature than you need too, as you won’t be in the house. Little things like that will save you money and reduce your carbon footprint.

You can look at other things that control the temperature of your home too. If you think about insulation, does your home have what it takes? If the insulation in the walls or in the roof is inadequate, then any heating you do have will just evaporate. That will mean you are more likely just to keep on heating the home when you don’t need to. You will just be throwing money away essentially. So check how well insulated your home is.

Things like flooring can affect the insulation in the home too. Carpet is the flooring that is most insulating. But if you live in a warmer climate, you might end up trying to cool your home more often, due to having carpet. Tiles care one of the coldest floorings that you can get; it holds very little heat. So if you want something in between, then you could look at getting laminate flooring. One advantage of laminate floors is that it is a very hardy material. So if you have a busy household, it will stand up to the footfall. So think about your household and the climate you live to decide the best flooring for you.

When you look around your home, do you have lots of old appliances? Older appliances can use up so much more energy than their newer counterparts. Look at anything that is at least ten years old and then think about replacing them. New appliances (think refrigerators, freezers, and washer dryers) will use much less energy. Therefore, they will save you money. So if you have older ones, it is pretty much a no-brainer to get them replaced.

All of these things here are nothing complicated or too complexed. They will save you money in the long run, though. So it is worth looking at your home and deciding what changes you could make.

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Chloe Harwood