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5 ways to control energy use in your home – make your wallet happy!

We love renewable energy generation, but we also love energy efficiency. There is no point generating all that lovely green energy with solar panels, biomass boilers or heat pumps when you are loosing way too much of it through walls and roofs of your home or using up too much of it.
There are two things to look at to be more efficient: reducing energy usage and preventing loss of energy out of you home. So, lets focus quick action can you take today to improve energy loss and be more efficient in your home – make your wallet happy!

1  Plug the gaps

When it comes to plugging the energy gaps in your home this means insulation. Installing 270mm of loft or roof insulation could save £240 a year in fuel costs. Cavity wall insulation is another option. About a third of all the heat lost in an uninsulated home escapes through the walls. Most houses built from the 1990s onwards have wall insulation to keep the heat in, but if your house is older than that it may not have any wall insulation. If you have a typical house with cavity walls, you could save up to £160 per year in heating bills just from insulating the walls.

2 Use energy efficient light bulbs

Would you believe! Replacing traditional bulbs with high efficiency LED bulbs can reduce lighting electricity costs by up to 90%. Many LEDs have a life of 50,000 hours which means if they were on for 12 hours a day they would last 11 years. At of a cost of around £200 for the whole house it is certainly worth the investment

3 Thermostat

Install and correctly use a room thermostat and thermostatic radiator valves and save between £80 and £165 per year. Turning your thermostat down by 1 degree can cut your energy bills by 10%, according to Energy UK. The comfortable temperature for a living room is 21 degrees.

4 Replace your old boiler

About 55% (Energy Saving Trust) of what you spend on your energy bills a year is from using your boiler. Upgrading to an A-rated, highly efficient boiler can save you 100s a year.

5 Get a Smart meter

This will help you keep track of your energy usage. The UK government plans for all homes to have a smart meter for electricity and gas by the end of 2020. These nifty devices will tell you how much energy you’ve used and how much it costs on an in-home display and some smart meters can be read remotely by your energy supplier. With this real time knowledge of your energy usage you can take control.

Want to know more about usage and options for your home?

One of the best ways is to get a home energy assessment from a professional company, qualified to carry one out. Not only will this help you understand where you are now and the savings you can make but what you could benefit from moving forward.

Get in touch for a free survey from Happy Energy now. 

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