5 Energy Saving Tips For Your Home by Element Group Ltd.
Updated: Mar 26
It may feel tough to save money at the moment and keep your home running efficiently. But it's not impossible! Here are five energy-saving tips for your home to help you save money, reduce your carbon footprint, and hopefully help with your bills.
Tip 1: Replace Old Windows with Energy-Efficient Ones
Windows are one of the largest energy consumers in a home. Older windows typically use more energy than newer windows, and sometimes it's not worth the money to upgrade to a more energy-efficient window. However, there are some ways to reduce your window's energy consumption.
One way to save on your windows is to replace old ones with newer, more energy-efficient models.
More recent models use less glass and have other features that make them more efficient. Additionally, there might be some schemes available for upgrading your windows, worth having a check on the Government website for what's available - https://www.gov.uk/improve-energy-efficiency
A cheaper option is to put up 'Insulating Film' over older style windows; this option is not as good as installing PVC windows but is more cost-effective and will help save energy in the long run. Insulating.
Film can be found online from places like Amazon.
Tip 2: Install a Programmable or Smart Thermostat
A programmable or smart thermostat can help you save energy and money by automatically adjusting your home's temperature or controlling it via your phone or tablet. With a programmable thermostat, you can save up to 30% on your energy bill by setting a schedule and choosing a temperature range.
With a Smart Thermostat, you have complete control over your home's heating and hot water. You can choose when to put it on, for how long and switch it off when you are not at home. Element Group offers a service to install Smart Thermostats to your existing boiler system. Contact us for details.
Tip 3: Switching or using Eco Mode on your appliances
Appliances can be a significant energy waster in your home. Have you ever seen an eco-mode program on your washing machine, dishwasher or even on your Car? Have a check. Most newer appliances like washing machines, dishwashers and tumble dryers have this option or one similar. By switching them to eco mode, you can save a lot of energy. Even washing at 30 will help make a difference!
Here are three examples for doing just that:
1) Find out your appliance's eco mode setting (if it has one). Most newer appliances have an eco mode, but some may not be labelled. Look for a small icon or symbol on the side or bottom of the appliance or on the dashboard of your car. If you can't see one, check the user manual that came with your machine.
2) When you first get your new appliance, try turning it on in its regular mode and then switch to its eco mode. This will help you get used to the different feel and sound of the appliance in eco mode.
3) If your appliance has multiple settings (like an oven and stove), make sure you check what each setting does and how much energy it uses.
Tip 4: Unplugging or Get Rid of Unnecessary Appliances not in use
Many appliances are not in use 90% of the time. Some of the best energy-saving strategies are simply unplugging electrical items, like laptops and mobile phones. You'll be amazed at how much that little red light can make a difference! On average, unplugging, turning off or even getting rid of some of your appliances could save you around £30 a year.
Tip 5: Use LED Lighting in Your Home
LED is an excellent option if you're looking to save energy and money on your home's lighting. LED lights consume less energy than traditional lightbulbs, and they last longer. They're also more efficient, meaning you can use less of them to achieve the same illumination level within the home.
Switching to LED lightbulbs could save you between £2-£3 per bulb, so if the average UK household changed all their lightbulbs to LED's, it could save about £40 per year.
Follow these tips, and you'll be on your way to a more energy-efficient home and saving some money on your household bills.