Eco-friendly home design isn’t just good for the environment, it will save you money too. Here are just a few investments to consider that can save you money on your energy bills in the long run.
If spend much of the winter with the heating turned all the way up, it could be worth investing in some insulation for your home to help trap heat in and reduce the need to reach for the thermostat. There are many types of insulation to consider. Roof insulation is likely to be the most effective form of insulation given that most heat is lost through the roof – you may be able to do this yourself by buying thermal wool or insulating boards and placing them on the ceiling of your loft. Double glazing meanwhile can reduce the amount of heat lost through windows whilst also helping to keep out drafts. Other forms of insulation that you could invest in include cavity wall insulation, underfloor insulation and pipe insulation.
Upgrade old fixtures
Old fixtures could be using up unnecessary amount of energy. An old toilet could be using up lots of water per flush – switching to a modern multi-flush toilet could help to save you a lot of money on your water bill. An old oven meanwhile could be creating a lot of heat loss – switching to a modern oven could save you money on your heating. As for saving money on your electric bills, consider updating appliances such as fridges, washing machines and tumble dryers. Anything over 15 years old is likely to be less economical and possibly worth replacing to save you money in the long run.
You can also save money with smart technology. Smart heating can allow to adjust your heating using your smartphone, whilst smart plug sockets can be turned off remotely or set on timers for when you don’t need them to supply electricity to appliances. Smart technology can be pricey but there are discounts out there – the best vouchers for smart home technology could allow you savings of up to £30. Read reviews to find the most reliable pieces of smart tech.
Recycle your greywater
You can also save money by installing a greywater recycling system in your home – this takes waste water from your shower and sink and reuses it for toilet flushing and gardening. This can help to reduce your water bill by lowering your water consumption. Installing a greywater recycling system isn’t cheap, so shop around for contractors.
Embrace solar power
By installing solar panels on your roof, you can generate all your own power from the sun and never have to pay a mains electricity bill again. It’s even possible to run all your heating electrically off solar power. Solar panels do cost a fair amount to install, although prices are getting cheaper. You can often find great discounts on solar panels in winter when the demand is less.