Cutting your carbon footprint can sound like a challenge, but in fact there are plenty of simple steps you can take to make your household more eco-friendly. As well as being good news for the planet, this could benefit your purse. So, without further ado, here are five ways to make your home greener, leaner and cheaper to run.
1) Improve your insulation
Because insulation tends to be tucked away out of sight in our walls and lofts, it can easily escape our attention. However, if you feel the chill in winter even when your boiler’s on full blast, it might be time to improve the insulation in your property. According to energy efficiency specialists the Snug Network, loft insulation can bring household bills down by up to £140, while cavity and solid wall insulation can reduce costs by up to £160 and £260 per year respectively. The type of insulation you need will depend on the design of your building.
Even simple steps can help you to reduce heat loss from your home and boost your eco credentials. For example, draught proofing around your doors, windows and loft hatches can keep warmth locked in.
2) Give inefficient boilers the boot
Changing your boiler could make your property much more efficient too. If your current model is over 10 years old, you could make major savings by replacing it with a new condensing model. Also, think about fitting better controls to your heating system. From timers and programmers to room thermostats and thermostatic radiator valves, there are a range of features on offer now that can help you to run your heating more efficiently.
3) Consider solar
Solar panels are a common sight on homes around the UK now and if you decide to get in on the action and install one of these systems, you stand to save over a tonne of carbon dioxide per year. A 4kWp solar photovoltaic system in the south of England can generate approximately 3,800 kilowatt hours of electricity each year, which is roughly equivalent to a typical household’s needs.
4) Choose efficient appliances
Think carefully when you’re choosing new appliances too. To be green and keep your household bills down, look out for dishwashers, fridges, washing machines, microwaves and other products with impressive energy efficiency ratings. Also, make sure you select suitably sized white goods. Bear in mind that the larger these products, the more energy they will take to run.
5) Change your household habits
Think about your habits around the household too. For example, avoid leaving appliances on standby and switch lights off in rooms you’re not using. Even simple things, like only filling the kettle with as much water as you actually need, can help you to reduce your carbon footprint.
By following simple but effective tips like these, you stand to make your home more eco-friendly and give your finances a boost in the process.