We all want to do our part for the environment, so we meticulously recycle our waste, we cut down on our use of plastic bags, and we start employing eco-friendly measures around our homes. Some other benefits of going green are the effects it has on your bills; you could save a lot of money by making a few upgrades to your home. Even if it may cost a lot upfront, the savings you make in the long run will be worth the expense.
Improve your insulation
Do you find that you turn up the thermostat in winter and feel very little difference in the temperature? Around 25 percent of the heat lost in an uninsulated house literally goes through the roof, so why not look into insulating your attic and roof. Effective insulation will keep the heat inside your house, and it will always be at a comfortable temperature. You may also find that you don’t need to turn up your thermostat as much to compensate for the escaped heat. Add new insulation along your walls, your ceiling, and your attic wall for maximum efficiency.
Update your boiler
Older boilers are one of the worst offenders for wasting energy. They waste about 35 percent of the fuel it uses, it’s often unreliable, and it’s most likely reaching the end of its life. Once winter comes around, your family and your bills will thank you for investing in a newer, more energy efficient, boiler. Most modern boilers allow you to set the temperature in each room separately and shut off their radiator from the heating when the air around the valve reaches the desired temperature. In the long run, you will save money on your heat and water bill, so the price won’t seem too steep if you think of it in those terms.
Solar panels can save you a lot of money in the long run because they help your house generate its own electricity. Professional companies such as Semper Solaris can fit them for you and give you a good deal. Not only will new solar panels save you money on heat and electricity, but they earn you a discount on your property tax. Even if you don’t live in an area with high levels of sun, solar panels can still significantly reduce your energy bills.
Install double glazing
Heat also escapes through the cracks in old windows. If your windows are old, leaky, and obviously made of wood, then it’s past time to upgrade to something more efficient. Double pane windows are more efficient than single panes. Upgrading doesn’t have to cost much either, as there are plenty of installation companies willing to give you a good quote.
Up to a third of the drinking water that comes into the typical Western home goes straight down the toilet. Conserving water will save you money on your bills, so don’t use a dishwasher until it’s full and save flushing for when you really need it.