Want to conserve energy and save money? With the cost of energy increasing year on year, many of us are looking for ways in which we can spend less but still stay warm. Not only does this help your bank balance, it helps the planet too.
If you want to save money and save the planet you need these top 10 energy facts:
A boiler of 15 years or older will no longer be as efficient as it once was, possibly wasting 30 to 40 pence in every pound that you spend heating your home and hot water. Investing in a new boiler results in significant savings.
Unfortunately, leaving various electrical items on standby could see you wasting £50 to £90 a year on energy. Switch everything off when they are not in use.
Our homes can feel stuffy, especially in the winter and opening a window to ‘change the air’ is no bad thing but turn the thermostat down when you do so. A window left open overnight wastes enough energy to fuel a small car for 35 miles.
You may think that smart thermostats you can control from your phone are a gimmick but the more control you have over you’re A-rated boiler, the more money you can save. Bills can be reduced by nearly a quarter over the entire year.
When it comes times to replace essential appliances such as the combined fridge/freezer, opt for an A-rated appliance as these can save you around £23 a year in energy costs.
35% of heat is lost through walls, 25% through the roof and 10% through the windows and doors: stem this tide of energy loss by insulating your home as much as you can.
Around 55% of what you spend on energy bills each year is down to the efficiency of your boiler. The more efficient it is, the less money you will waste.
When combined, draughts around keyholes, letter boxes, windows, chimney and floorboards can save you from £25 to £50 a year on heating bills.
Whilst many money-saving facts focus on the boiler, making sure you have the central heating maintained, flushed and re-filled on a regular basis means that there is less build up in the pipes of detritus etc., an issue that often stops radiators from heating efficiently.
Energy companies are rolling out smart meters to help customers control the amount of energy they use in their home. There are estimates that these meters could save you £25 a year.
Conserving energy, and using it efficiently and effectively is no longer optional: it is essential. With energy prices on the rise and the need to use less energy all year round, what changes can you make to save money and be comfortably warm in your home?
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