How to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient
Energy efficient homes preserve energy whilst decreasing wasted energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. So it is no wonder that in a time where people are trying to become more eco-friendly than ever, they are looking for energy efficient alternatives that they can implement at home. As even just one change can have an impact.
So in today’s blog we are giving you tips on how to make your home more energy efficient.
Energy Efficient Lighting
Switching to energy saving light bulbs such as LED energy saving light bulbs can last a lot longer than traditional bulbs.This is because of their high lumen output per watt which allows them to turn about 70% of their energy into light. Other light bulbs however waste a lot of energy by turning it into heat.
With energy efficient lighting, your electricity bills will be lower and your carbon dioxide emissions will decrease. In fact Energy Saving Trust even reports that If you replace all the bulbs in your home with LED lights, you could save £65 a year on your electricity bills.
Install Solar Panels
Solar panels work by converting sunlight into electricity so that you can power your household appliances and lighting. They are one of the most effective sources of renewable energy as when your power is coming straight from your rooftop, less energy is wasted compared to transmitting energy from power plants. When you become less dependent on the National Grid, you will benefit from cheaper electricity during the day.
Having draughts in your home will lead to loss of heat that you are paying for. Heat can be leaked through gaps in roofs, walls, windows and doors and your heating system will have to work even harder to provide more heat which leads to you paying even more for energy.
Have you noticed any gaps at your house? If so then this is your sign to put preventative measures in place and block gaps so that warmth is contained. Ways to draught proof your home can include using a draught excluder or door brush at the bottom of your door to keep the warm air in, hang thermal curtains and blinds, cover keyholes and letter boxes, as well as adding draught proofing strips to windows.
Wall & Floor Heating
As well as making your home more energy efficient, they can make your rooms more comfortable throughout the year. Through radiant heat technology it is more efficient than other heating methods by gently warming the room directly with lower temperatures that consume less energy and keep your energy bills lower. Whereas traditional radiators will only heat the air nearest to them, underfloor and wall heating ensures you are retaining heat and warms up the entire room.
At Ramki we offer a Variotherm wall system ModuleWall that provides heating and cooling in a single system. With temperature controls, it is great for saving money and is better for the environment. Our team can also install our Variotherm VarioComp compact floor heating system. Which allows you to adjust the system to your exact needs.
Install a heat pump
Heat pumps capture heat from the outside before moving it into your home for you to use. Heat pumps are more eco friendly as they already use heat that is in the environment so the system doesn’t need to burn any fuel and the heat they produce is more than the amount of electricity they use.
Compared to other heating methods, air source heat pumps are very energy efficient and can save you a lot of money on heating bills. As well as generating fewer carbon emissions than other heating systems.
Although heat pumps are a costly investment for your home, they do offer long-term benefits that will save you money in the future. At Ramki we can install and service your heat pumps so that you can cool and heat all from the same system.
Upgrade Your Boiler
Inefficient boilers can have a significant impact on your energy bills as they tend to lose a lot of heat, even though you are still paying for it all. When you upgrade to a newer model it will be cheaper for you to run and be more environmentally friendly. This is because modern boilers are ‘condensing’. So the boiler can recover more heat from the exhaust flue gas and use it to heat the central heating water.
Boilers and central heating are our specialties at Ramki. Our expert team is here to advise you on the best boiler and system for your household and we can install and service the boiler you choose with a 10 year warranty.
Stop leaving appliances on standby
When you leave your appliances on standby, they are still using electricity to keep things running and the general rule is that the older the model, the more electricity it is likely to use in this mode. Even just switching off your TV plug or not charging your phone overnight will make a difference. If there is nothing in your plug socket then it won’t use any electricity even if it is switched on.
Use a Smart Meter
By using a smart meter you will be able to track your energy consumption in real time. This can help you take control and reduce your gas and electricity use so you can save money on your energy bills. With a smart meter you will have a better awareness of your surroundings and the impact you are having which will allow you to make smart decisions about your heating and utilities.
Our team can advise you on the most suitable smart controls for your home and current systems before installing them. We will also assist you in learning all about your new smart controls so that you can get the most out of them.