The movement to make homes greener isn’t a new one. Our government has recognised the scale of this challenge and as a result have introduced incentives for homeowners to change the way they heat and cool their home.
Currently there is a Green Homes Grant available. This is where homeowners can receive up to £5,000 in vouchers to make their homes more energy efficient. However, there has been suggestion that this is likely to end soon.
In an article recently published by the Electric Times, Christian Deilmann, has outlined the measures he believes we need to take to meet the UK’s climate targets.
There are ways you can make your home more energy efficient. Ways that will not only lessen the impact on climate change but also prove more cost effective in the long run.
1. Install a Solar Water Heating System
There are different options when it comes to solar panels. One option is to purchase solar panels to produce your own energy and also sell any extra back to the national energy grid. They can ultimately make and save you money. There are some solar panel need-to-knows you can read up on.
2. Choose a Green Renewable Electricity Supplier
By switching to a green renewable electricity supplier, you help reduce your homes carbon dioxide emissions. You’re also likely to pay lower charges, however, you should always compare tariffs before switching.
3. Install an Electric Heat Pump
Heat pumps can provide significant energy savings if you are currently relying on electricity to heat your home. They work by taking heat from the water, air or the ground and use this to warm your home. A heat pump that is set up correctly and performing well will produce up to 3 times more heat units for every electricity unit consumed.
4. Use Radiator Panels to Reflect Heat
This option is by far one of the most affordable. They are also easy to install and require very little maintenance. They work by ensuring the radiators heat up the room and not the walls.
5. Install Hot Water Pipes under the Floorboards
If you have plans for a new build or renovations, one option you could consider is placing the hot water pipes underneath the floorboards. This is essentially a cheaper way to achieve the impression of underfloor heating. This is one of the most energy-efficient ways to heat your home.
6. Insulate your Hot Water Tank
Experts suggest that by insulating your hot water tank, it can help save 7 – 16% in water heating costs. This is another inexpensive option. No matter how old your tank is, check it has an R-value of at least 24. If not, then you should consider insulating your hot water tank.
7. Use a Smart Meter
Installing a smart meter can help drastically reduce your energy consumption and therefore your bills. Smart meters will strategically put your heating on to match your schedule, meaning you won’t be using energy when you don’t need it.