As we battle the effects of global warming, it’s certainly a case of every little bit helps. With more and more companies changing their practices to be more eco-friendly, we should do the same within our homes. After all, it takes a village! Of course, you’ll benefit, too as saving energy means saving money at the same time.
Whether you’re on the lookout for better insulation or new designer radiators, we have a few home energy saving tips to help you keep your homes’ energy output as low as possible. Whilst there’s always more the big companies can do to better the environment, positive change start from the ground up. Check out our list below for the best energy saving tips for your home!
A fridge runs on electricity, and by extension, contributes to the energy output of a property. If everyone ran their fridges in an eco-friendlier way, we’d contribute to the decrease of our national carbon footprint. Below are some top tips for reducing the amount of energy your use in cooling your fridge and freezer.
Let Hot Food Cool
If you place hot food in the fridge overnight, let the food cool down naturally first. Hot food placed in a fridge can deregulate the temperature within what is essentially a tightly controlled ecosystem. Cooling your food before putting it in the fridge will make sure that it has a minimal effect on the overall fridge temperature.
Keep Your Fridge Between 3°C and 5°C
When choosing the temperature of your fridge, remember that it needn’t be any higher than 5°C or any lower than 3°C. This 2°C gap is the sweet spot for suitably cold storage.
Unload and pack the fridge as quickly as possible. This goes for ovens as well, but with warm air instead of cold. You don’t want to waste the cold atmosphere of the fridge, built up over hours while using precious electricity. Make sure that when you place things in the fridge, you don’t keep it open for excessive amounts of time, and above all, always close it after use!
Efficient home heating is always important in saving on your energy bills. One very useful tip is to balance the output and necessity of your radiators' BTU. Whether horizontal radiators or vertical radiators, an optimised BTU output is vital to eco-friendly efficiency. To find out more about BTU, check out our radiator BTU calculator.
Don’t Block Your Radiator
We all run out of space in our property. It’s not uncommon to find a sofa plonked in front of a radiator or to have a shelf hung above it.
Some forms of space saving can hinder the radiators heat output, whilst others can increase it. A shelf above your radiator, for instance, will help direct heat into the centre of a room. A piece of furniture placed in front of it will absorb the heat. It’s easy to see which is the better space-saving strategy to utilise. (Hint: hang the shelf, move the sofa!)
Central Heating Timers
If you’re running on a tight schedule, save time and set your central heating to only turn on when you know you’ll need it the most. Change the timer accordingly, for instance, if you’re on holiday or if you know no one will be in the property till later than usual.
Whether fibreglass or foam, insulation will help to improve the energy efficiency of your home. There are several spots in the home where insulation is necessary, including the inside of the outer wall and less protected areas of the home, where draughts can spread from, such as the basement or the attic.
Paired with home insulation, double glazing can increase the energy efficiency of a home. Windows are one of the main culprits for heat wastage, as a lot of warmth generated by your efficient central heating system can be lost to thin windows. Adding two panes will ensure that no heat can escape.
Invest in a Smart Meter and a Hive Active Meter
Keep on top of your home's output with a Hive Active Meter and a Smart Meter. The Smart Meter allows you to see how much energy you’ve used, letting you see it in pounds and pennies. This gives you the opportunity to see how much you’re saving or wasting!
The Hive Active Meter acts as a thermostat, giving you flexible access to your central heating system through many online devices.