AD| Times are really hard for a lot of us with the increased cost of living. Along with house-price increases, food, and fuel costs – the increase in energy bills will leave a lot of households struggling for money. Our energy bills have tripled. To see our increase in cost per year was eyewatering. And it’s set to get much worse from October.
So many more of us are looking at ways that we can reduce our energy bills, so here are some home improvements you can do to keep costs down. Making many, small changes can decrease your energy bills in the future, and some may even increase the value of your home.
Install shutter blinds
Shutter blinds are a great way to improve energy efficiency. They stop the draughts from escaping and keep the warmth in, improving heat retention. This means you can rely less on your heating in the colder months. Keeping them closed during heatwaves can also help keep the sun and heat out, meaning you won’t need to use fans or aircon as much.
DIY Shutters offer plenty of easy-to-follow guides and videos to guide you through every step, including measuring up windows, ordering bespoke shutters and tips on installing them themselves. Buying bespoke shutter blinds has never been easier.
They are made from quality materials and there’s an Inspiration Gallery on the website so you can see different shutters in different rooms and colour schemes – you will see something to suit every style with a range of materials and colours. There is also a Technical Gallery which helps you see the components in more detail.
Use Smart Plugs
The average home spends £50-£86 a year on appliances in standby mode. We are guilty of this – especially as plugs for the TV and SkyBox are not in reach. Switching to Smart Plugs means you can turn appliances off from anywhere, saving you money with very little effort. Perfect if you’ve forgotten to switch something off when you’re not at home!
Insulate your loft
About a quarter of all heat is lost through the roof of your house, so investing in insulation for your home is a great way to save on your heating bills. It should cost around £1250 to insulate the loft of the average 5-bedroomed house, meaning it won’t be long before you earn this back on lower energy bills.
Draught proof your windows and doors
You can draft proof your internal and external doors by adding a self-adhesive foam draught excluder to where your windows press together where they open and close. You can also add a brush strip across doors to help prevent heat from escaping through the bottom, and a letterbox cover to help keep the warmth inside.
Install solar panels
Getting solar panels installed in your home costs an average of £6500. So this is a long-term investment and it will take around 14 years for this to pay off. It can also increase the value of your home by about 4.1%. So if you can afford the initial fee – it’s worth the investment.
Bonus money-saving tip:
This is a tip to save you on water. Although it’s not technically energy – it’s still money off your household bills. Switching to a dual-flush toilet can save you on the water each flush. A typical toilet uses 13 litres of water per flush, whereas a dual flush uses only 4-6 litres. Over a year that is a lot of water!
A dual-flush is a toilet at gives you the option to flush a smaller amount of a full tank. Liquid waste doesn’t need as much water as solid waste. Usually, these are the two buttons on top of the toilet.
How are you saving money at the moment?