Increase Loft Insulation
Heat rises, which is why it is so important to ensure you have adequate insulation in your roof space. The easiest way of reducing heat loss through the roof is to buy extra loft insulation. This can be purchased from all good DIY stores and, once installed between the top floor and the roof joists, your heat loss will be significantly reduced. You may even be able to secure a government grant to help pay the cost.
Cavity Wall Insulation
Cavities between walls are thought to be responsible for around 35% of all heat loss in the home. If your home has cavities (it may not do if it is more than 100 years old), investing in cavity wall insulation can help to reduce your heating bill. The process is fairly simple: polyurethane foam is pumped through small holes until the wall cavities are filled. As in the case of loft insulation, you may be eligible for a grant, so make sure you check this out if you think cavity wall insulation could reduce your energy bills.
Energy Efficient Boiler
There are many different ways to heat a home, including gas, oil, and electricity. However, in all cases, newer central heating boilers tend to be far more energy-efficient than older ones. Any boiler that is more than 15 years old is likely to be costing you money in terms of running and maintenance costs, so consider upgrading to a new energy-efficient condensing boiler, as it will pay for itself within a few years.
Double Glazed Windows
Double (or even triple) glazed windows can make a huge difference to your energy bills. Many modern homes come fitted with double glazing as standard, but if you still have single glazed windows, consider upgrading. However, if you live in a listed building or similar, this may not be possible.
A draughty home is a cold one. No matter how hard you try and keep it warm, most of the heat is sucked away through gaps under doors and ill-fitting windows. Flapping curtains and an annoying whistle on windy days is a bit of a giveaway, but don’t worry because there are lots of ways to reduce the draughts and keep your heating costs down. DIY strips can be fitted to windows and doors. Heavy curtains will also make a big difference. Draughty chimneys can be sealed with a cap, although remember that some ventilation is necessary to keep dampness at bay. Other places where pesky draughts can lead to heat loss include:
- Old air vents and air bricks
- Loft hatches
- Pipe outlets
Obviously, it would be expensive to replace every single appliance in your home with a brand new energy-efficient one, but if your washing machine or tumble drier is reaching the end of its natural life, make sure you invest in an energy efficient appliance. The Energy Efficiency Recommended Logo can help you determine which appliance is a good buy.
These are just a few of the many methods you can utilise when looking at ways to reduce your energy bills. But if investing in new windows or replacing an old central heating boiler is beyond your means, remember that even turning lights off and lowering the thermostat a degree or two will make a huge difference over the course of a year. So don’t despair, you can lower your energy bills if you are willing to make a few simple changes.