Saving Energy at Home

Saving energy means that as well as saving money on bills, the reduction in energy use is good for the environment since less energy is needed to be produced by the big companies, which also helps reduce the carbon footprint of energy used. Here are some home appliances, new technologies and other suggestions for saving energy at home:

Saving Energy at Home

Save on Heating Costs

Make the best use of the programming you have for the heating of your home. Programme the heating and hot water only for the times you need them. Remote central heating controls now work with smart thermostats and can be controlled via a smartphone, with some allowing you to control the heating in different areas of the house.

Comfortable temperatures are between 18-21 degrees Celsius. Turn the temperature down one degree and wear a jumper. Turn the temperatures down or off in rooms that you are not using. An A+ rated or above is recommended for any new appliances, including a boiler. To keep both the boiler and heating system working efficiently, a cover plan includes an annual service.

Efficient Laundry Use

A full load of washing in your washing machine or tumble dryer is more efficient than two half-loads. Dry your washing outside if you can. If you want a tumble dryer, be aware there are three types: vented, condenser and heat-pump. The first is just blows hot air, like a big hair-dryer, but the other two are more energy efficient. A condenser can be almost double and a heat-pump tumble dryer almost three times more expensive than a vented machine but use about half the energy. If you do not already have a tumble dryer, the cheapest option is to use a heated clothes airer

Energy-efficient lighting

Turn off lights not being used and use energy saving bulbs, which now provide good light. Consider a Light-Emitting Dіоdе (LED) light for areas that need a lot of light, such as a kitchen or study. LEDs аrе mаdе оf non-toxic mаtеrіаlѕ whісh mаkе them 100 percent rесусlаblе аnd harmless fоr the еnvіrоnmеnt. If you live in a household where lights are left on when the room is not in use, install a light switch with different buttons that will automatically turn off the lights at the end of different times chosen. Times can vary from a single minute to 30 minutes (good for a bathroom). Others offer from 5 minutes to four hours, which is good for kitchens and communal areas.

Home insulation

The best way to save money is to retain the heat generated within the house through insulation. It is possible to lose a quarter of the heat in the house through the roof, so install loft insulation as a priority as well as cavity wall insulation.

If you need new windows, consider double or triple-glazed ones or install secondary glazing panels or thermal curtains to keep the heat in. Draught proof around windows, doors, and chimneys to save more energy in the home.

Generate your own energy

Technology is making it possible to generate your own energy sources without difficulty. You can now purchase six solar panels for your roof from IKEA for about £3,400 or consider ground-source heat pumps or wind turbines for sustainable energy sources at home. These can all feed into the national grid if you create more energy than you use.

World Bank energy soaring project

World Bank: Renewables and Energy Innovations

The World Bank has a membership of 189 nations. It has been credited with supporting huge infrastructure projects including projects on renewables and other energy innovations across Asia, Africa, and South America.

Offshore Renewables: ORE Catapult and CWind

Offshore Renewables: ORE Catapult and CWind

The UK’s offshore renewable energy innovation centre, Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, was established in 2013 by the UK Government and is the UK’s leading innovation centre for offshore renewable energy.