One of the best things about buying a house is that you can kiss the stress of paying rent goodbye. Sure, you probably still have mortgage repayments, but these are going to be a lot more manageable. They are probably a fraction of what you were paying in rent each month. This means that you should have a lot of money free once you’ve bought a home or property and it belongs to you. That should be the case, but it doesn’t always happen. Usually, people end up losing a fortune on energy bills. Typically, that’s because their home isn’t setup for high levels of efficiency.
You might think to get an efficient home you need to buy a house with a high-efficiency rate in the first place. Not true. Most homes have two energy grades. One is the energy efficiency level it’s making in it’s current state. The second is the potential energy efficiency level. You should aim to get as close to the potential as possible. If you do this, you’re going to save a lot of money on your home.
The first thing to do is to get your boiler inspected by a professional. If you’re spending a fortune on heating your home, there’s an excellent chance that there’s a problem with your boiler. If your boiler is using a lot of energy, it might be damaged. Once it’s repaired, you’ll probably find that your energy usage reverts to normal. If it’s still quite high, there are other things you can do. But you should get your boiler checked at least once a year.
You can think about improving the home insulation. One possibility on how to do this is to look into double glazing windows. You can replace older windows with PVC double glazing. Arguably, this is the best form of window insulation on the market right now. It will trap warm air in the home while still letting cold air out. This is going to prevent condensation or mould developing around or on the window. Replacing your windows can be expensive so make sure you look online for the best deal that you can find. But, you also need to know that you’re using a company for the installation that you can trust.
You might think that you’re saving money by not bothering to upgrade your TV every few years. But actually, you’re probably losing more than you’re saving. Older televisions have higher energy usage than modern sets. That’s true for most tech devices in your home. It’s why upgrading your tech could ultimately save you a fortune in the long run.
Newer televisions use less energy because they are powered by LED displays. LED lights provide powerful displays but use very little energy. That’s why modern TVs are so thin because they don’t need a cooling system to stop them overheating. But LEDs aren’t just found in TVs. You can buy LED bulbs for every area of your home. It’s a cheap and friendly light source that will quickly lead to massive savings.
Hopefully, you will find these tips helpful when making your home more eco-friendly.