With the increasing effects of global warming, environmentalists and energy experts are recommending that people do all they can to make their lives more energy efficient. They believe that if we save more energy and make smarter decisions, we can help protect the environment. Energy companies are recommending that the first place we start is our homes, as that is one of the things we can almost fully control. If you’re interested, continue reading for four ways you can make your home more energy efficient in 2021.
How Efficient Are Your Windows?
You would think that windows are a great source to give you the decision as to whether you keep air out of your home, however, you’ll be surprised to hear that a large amount of energy is lost through your windows each year. This can be the case even if you keep your windows closed when the heating is on!
This is why experts recommend that you should switch your windows from single glazing to either double or triple glazing to help save energy. These extra layers of glazing will help keep heat in and also absorb heat from the sun, providing more heat for each room in your house. If you decide to take on this advice and look for new windows, you’ll often see the term ‘U-Value’; all you have to know that the lower the U-Value, the more heat your windows will enclose.
Consider Renewable Technology
Along with the increase in renewables across the globe, energy experts are recommending that homeowners consider using renewable technology to control their energy usage. For example, some homeowners have begun transferring their heating system from a boiler to an air source heat pump. These heat pumps have been proven to work far more efficiently than other heat sources and are around 350% more energy efficient than a gas boiler. Heat pumps work by extracting cooler air from outside and convert the air into higher temperatures. Alongside being cheaper, heat pumps are great at saving space. You’ll no longer be stuck for space in your boiler cupboard!
Approximately 25% of heat in any home is lost via the roof, and this only increases if you have little insulation around your home. It is recommended that you attempt to insulate the places around your home where you’re more likely to lose heat. Insulation is fairly cheap to buy and install so you should consider this if you want to save energy or by contacting a local insulation installer. Feel free to get in touch and we can help put you in the direction of one as our auditing inspectors work closely with 100s of installers all over the UK.
Use a Smart Meter
Another way to make your home more energy efficient is by using a smart meter. These meters essentially monitor your energy consumption and you can see live rates of how much energy you’re using and how much it’s costing you. Using this will make sure you’re turning off the lights when you leave the room.
If you’re looking to make your home more energy efficient in 2021, get in touch with CMS Surveyors today. We can help you install an air source heat pump in your home and even check if you are eligible for the Renewable Heat Incentive payments. You’ll thank your future self for saving money and the environment!