Your New Year resolutions are likely to be one of the following: exercise more, eat healthier and give up a habit that you hate. But, have you considered trying to save money in the New Year? If you have, you’ve probably gone about it in the wrong way.
Perhaps you’ve tried to curb your shopping habit, and let’s face it, that's fairly unrealistic what with January sales enticing you with your gifted Christmas money. However, there’s a much easier way that you can save money and that is to be more energy efficient in your home.
Take a look at our tips to find out how to make your home as energy efficient as possible.
Insulate Hot Water Pipes
If your hot water pipes are running through unheated areas, your hot water heater will have to work a lot harder to heat them back up! Be sure to insulate your hot water pipes and you’ll not only save energy, but prevent heat loss too.
Install Compact Fluorescent Bulbs
Bin your regular lights bulbs and instead, replace them with compact fluorescent bulbs. You’ll gain the same amount of light and you won’t have to change them as often – it’s a win-win situation!
Clean Your Furnace Filter
This may be a simple task but boy can it make a different to the efficiency of your heating system. If you have a reusable filter then you should clean and replace this regularly. This will keep the air in your home clean and safe, as well as save you money. If you have a disposable filter then you should change it once a month to prolong the life of your heating system, which in turn, will save you money!
Look at Labels
The next time you buy a new appliance for your home, make sure you look at the energy label. Why? Well, you can reduce energy consumption in your home based on your choice of electrical appliances. For example, ovens with ‘A’ energy ratings are the most efficient. A new, ‘A’ rated oven will use 40% less energy than a ‘B’ rated oven.
Install Energy Efficient Windows
Heat loss is where the majority of waste energy comes from, and if your windows aren’t properly insulated, you could lose 30% of heat. So, make it a ‘must’ to invest in double glazed windows. Whilst you may find that these windows aren’t cheap, it’ll be money well spent in the long run.
Double glazed windows are one of the key ways to save money. How? The double glazing acts as a second layer of protection for your home, so there’s absolutely no chance of heat escaping. As a result, the cost of your energy bills will reduce. Result!
Read More: The Lowdown on Double Glazed Windows
Are you interested in having energy efficient windows installed into your home? Then you’ve come to the right place. Take a look at the different windows we have available here at Heath Windows and find the perfect type for your home. Not only will you benefit from window energy efficiency, you’ll gain style too!