You probably love your home, which is certainly understandable. After all, it’s the place where you spend the vast majority of your time, you have thousands of wonderful memories there, and you use it to escape the stress and difficulties that can so often be a part of everyday life. But if there’s one thing that many homes are not, it’s cheap. When you think about the cost of a house, you usually think of things like the rent or mortgage payments. However, there’s another element of your home that is probably costing you a lot of money: energy. The vast majority of homes use far too much energy which is not only wasteful and bad for the environment, but it’s also likely costing you a small fortune over time. In order to avoid this, here are a few ways to make your home as energy-efficient as possible.
Your windows are likely to be the biggest source of wasted energy by far, especially in the colder months. When it’s cold, and you have the heating on, standard windows let a huge amount of heat energy escape. This means that not only do you have to have the heating cranked up all day and night to avoid freezing, but you’re going to end up spending huge amounts of money unnecessarily. Having double glazing installed might seem like an expensive prospect, but in reality, you’ll end up saving far more money overall than if you stuck with standard single glazed windows.
Think about specific rooms
Not every room is going to be as much of a culprit when it comes to wasted energy than others. Places like the kitchen are pretty common since they tend to be the places where you spend a great deal of your time. Another place that causes many homes to waste far too much energy is the conservatory. Having a room so heavily made of glass is often beautiful but very inefficient. Consider having a Guardian conservatory roof installed. Not only will this improve the level of energy efficiency in your home by a considerable amount but it also turns your conservatory into a liveable space all year round, rather than somewhere that is enjoyable to use in the summer and nigh on unusable when the weather turns cold.
Adjust your behaviour
Of course, many people tend to ignore the biggest waste of energy in your home: you. If you really want to use less energy, protect the environment, and save money, then you’ve got to be willing to change your behaviour. Remember to turn off lights any time that you’re not in a room. Use your heating sparingly outside of really cold periods. If you’re a bit chilly, then put on a jumper or get under a blanket. It might be pleasant and comfortable to have the heating going all day long, but when your energy bill arrives at the end of the month it’s going to be hard to justify that walking around the house in shorts and a t-shirt was worth it.