Save energy at low cost

First, take all the steps that cost nothing at all (see Home Energy - Zero Cost).

Here are the next steps which only cost a little, but can save you a lot.

Insulate – to stop losing heat from your home

  • Loft – install 27cms (10 inches) thick loft insulation (the current standard).
  • Walls - if your home has cavity walls, have them filled with insulation. This is cheap, only takes a day and causes no disruption in the house. 
  • Fix a draught strip around the edge of your front and back doors. It’s easy to do yourself, or you could employ a handyman.
  • Cover the inside of your letterbox with a brush seal.
  • Install secondary glazing if you don’t have double glazing.  This can be a film (like cling-film) by “Mr Cosy” or plastic sheets that you put over the window.
  • Put up thick curtains to reduce heat loss and draughts through windows.
  • Block draughts around loft hatches with strip insulation as you would a door and glue 10cm (4 inches) of solid insulation on to the top of your hatch.
  • Block up your chimney with a chimney balloon when the fire isn't in use. You can get special chimney balloons but even an old cushion will do the job. Just remember to take it out of the chimney before you start your next fire!
  • If you have wooden floors, fill gaps between boards with a tube of sealant and put a rug on top.
  • Install thermostatic radiator valves if you don't have them.
  • Replace all your light bulbs with LEDs. Don't wait for them to “blow”.

 

Draught-proof – and stop the cold getting in

Control your heating – so you don’t use more energy than you need

 

 

Install modern low energy lights

 

Switch off devices

Typically 10% of all energy is consumed by devices on standby.

  • Turn off at the wall all unused electrical devices and appliances
  • Use standby-saving power strips with groups of related devices such as PC, printer and monitor
  • Borrow a plug-in appliance energy monitor

 

 

Reduce hot water consumption

  • Choose an eco shower head and use less hot water
  • Insulate all hot water pipes in the airing cupboard
  • Heat your hot water cylinder to no more than 60oC
  • Switch off your hot water overnight

 

 

Benefit from savings

Comprehensive draughtproofing and standby saving measures should cost no more than £150-£200 and pay for themselves in around a year in energy savings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home Energy – Low Cost (L1)                                                               WinACC August 2015

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