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Top Tips on Saving Energy

When you get an EPC done for your property, the expert will give you some advice and tips on how to conserve energy and get your heating and electrical bills down. Below are just some tips on how you can do this.

By adding insulation to parts of your home, this will start a chain reaction; it will help increase heat and therefore decrease the amount of heating you use and therefore your bills. Insulating your attic is a good idea as heat rises and a lot is lost via bad insulation or lack of insulation on the upper levels of your home.

Another tip is to avoid putting your radiators or electric heaters on unnecessarily. By this, I mean putting on a sweater if it’s just a little chilly instead of cranking up the heating right away. This will not save huge amounts of energy, but every little bit helps.

We are all guilty of leaving lights on when we’re not in the room, of leaving radios, televisions and other appliances running when we are not around. Small steps such as turning off the TV when you aren’t really watching it do help in the long run. Obviously appliances such as clothes dryers and washing machines need to be turned on on a regular basis, but making sure they are full is a good idea as it means you will do fewer washes and save energy in this way.

Most people walk in and out of rooms without thinking about shutting the door behind them. The simple act of shutting a door to a room which is empty and not being used can save you on heating bills. After all you wouldn’t walk into an empty room and turn the heating on when there’s no one there! This is especially the case for cold rooms such as garages and basements. That way the heating will stay focused on the rooms you actually need.

Winter and summer bring on different problems respectively. During summer it is a good idea to keep blinds, window shades and curtains closed if the sun is shining directly on the windows. This means that you will not need to turn the air-conditioning on as much or use fans to cool rooms down.

Winter is usually the time when energy bills are at their highest. Small steps as mentioned above such as shutting doors and ensuring you have good insulation will help reduce energy consumption as much as possible. You will also notice that when you are cooking the heat from the various appliances you use will spread around the house and contribute to the overall heat.

Washing dishes and drying them all by hand will save you on the cost of running dishwashers. This may seem like an unenviable task, but it will pay off in the long run. Running a full sink of water and using that to wash the dishes in is also much more cost-effective than washing them with water running down the drain continuously.

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