We are all perpetually looking for ways to reduce our household Fuel Bills or find more cost effective ways of dealing with the quarterly onslaught.
The place to start is often considering whether the you can find a comparatively cheaper supplier for your electricity and gas.
But there is a much more apparent solution available to all home owners in their own homes. It means taking a long cool look at the facilities in your home and its construction and where your heating and lighting resources are being wasted.
A little investment can lead to quite a saving on energy & fuel bills in the long term and also enhance your carbon footprint. (see energy savings trust web site). I have listed the most prominent and cost effective-below:
This is perhaps the most obvious and the last to be really taken advantage of seriously. We have always had heating controls within the home but we perhaps don’t use them as much as we could. By controlling the heat depending on whether we are using certain rooms in the house, seasonal changes, positive weather changes, and by regulating our homes more finely to when the house is occupied, a great saving on fuel can be initiated.
The most obvious place for insulation is the loft. Staggeringly, according to recent statistics, if everyone in the UK topped up their loft insulation to 270mm there would be a resounding saving of £570 million per year! The individual home owner could save up to £145* per year.
As much as a third of all the heat lost in our homes is lost through the walls. Cavity wall insulation can significantly reduce the amount of energy you are losing and subsequently save your family home around £110* a year. Don’t worry if you have solid walls, as both external or internal insulation can be applied which in turn can lead to parallel reductions.
We also often forget that a lot of heat is being lost beneath our feet. There are two options here: Insulate the floor itself (leading to savings of around £50* per year) or fill in the cracks and gaps using an appropriate sealant (£20^ savings per year).
Tanks and Pipes insulation
If your tank and pipes are not insulated, the heat will escape much quicker. Apparently, according to the Energy Saving Trust if everyone in the UK fitted a hot water cylinder jacket that was at least 75mm thick, there would be enough carbon dioxide saved per year to fill 7 million double decker buses!
Double Glazing works by creating an extra barrier to the cold outside with two panes of glass. It has been estimated by the Energy Saving Trust that around £130* a year could be saved on a homeowners’ fuel bills. Secondary glazing maybe useful if you are unable to install double glazing (i.e. you live in a listed building)
Don’t forget the entrance doors! Here are a couple of ideas to think about if you want something different: All you need to know about UPVC Stable Doors & Composite Stable Doors
High efficiency condensing boiler
This is well worth considering. A great deal of heat is normally wasted from the flue of a conventional G-rated boiler. High efficiency boilers will convert more than 86% of their fuel into heat compared to traditional boilers.
*(all savings are estimated and cannot be relied upon to be the actual savings that are made and will be dependent on your personal circumstances)
For more information about the cost of replacement windows & doors you can visit https://www.doubleglazingpriceguide.org.uk/