Whether you’re in it to help save the environment or you’re in it for the significant reduction in your electricity bill, the need for an energy-efficient home is apparent. The drive for a greener home is not just something that’s espoused by environmentalists, it is something that we could really use, given how we’ve seen a lot of climate change in recent years.
The house is a system, and as such, if you want to make a more energy-efficient house, you have to take a systematic approach — it’s important to consider all the components to make a house energy-efficient. So, how exactly can you achieve this?
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Heating and cooling appliances such as your centralized air conditioner or your furnace are major contributors to your energy consumption. An effective insulation system slows the rate at which heat leaves your house during the winter and it also slows the rate at which heat enters your house during the summer. This means that you won’t have to use heating and cooling appliances as much, thereby significantly reducing your energy consumption.
TIP: Insulation grants are available to homeowners under the ECO scheme. To find out how to qualify then click here to read through Warma UK’s guide on who qualifies for an insulation grant.
Upgrade Your Appliances
More modern appliances are built to be much more energy-efficient than previous iterations. Modern appliances tend to score much higher in efficiency tests and these appliances that do so bear the Energy Star label which signifies that they use 25 percent less energy than appliances that do not bear the label.
Observe Proper Appliance Use
Whether you’re able to upgrade your appliances or not, you’re going to reduce your energy consumption significantly by changing your usage habits. For example, avoid using the medium setting on your washing machine as this setting still uses more water and energy than it saves. For best efficiency, it’s best to wait until you have a full load before washing. This also applies to heating water for your clothes. Avoid using the high setting on your water temperature because hot water does not help wash clothes any better than warm water.
Unplug chargers when they aren’t in use because they still draw power even when they aren’t charging any devices. This also means that you have to observe proper home maintenance.
Use LED Lights Instead Of Incandescent Bulbs
Incandescent lights convert only about 10% of the energy they use into light while the rest becomes heat. This doesn’t mean that incandescent lights have no place in your home. They can be useful as a secondary means to generate heat, but even then, they aren’t going to be your first and most practical choice. Light-emitting diodes are able to produce brighter light at the cost of less energy. They also last ten times longer than incandescent bulbs.
Consider Using An Alternate Or Supplementary Energy Source
One of the most drastic changes you can make to your household in order to make it more energy-efficient is in using solar energy to meet your energy demands, whether it’s through a grid-tied photovoltaic system, an off-grid photovoltaic system, or even by opting to get your power from a solar energy provider like Chariot Energy. While photovoltaics still have a long way to go in terms of conversion and inversion efficiency, current iterations are significantly more efficient and more affordable than previous generations which means that they may even pay for themselves once you’re able to reduce your electric bill significantly.
There are many reasons why you might want to make your household more energy-efficient. There are even more ways to do so. But these are, by far, the ones that are going to have the most significant effect at the soonest time.