Three Steps to a More Energy-Efficient Home

Are you fed up with paying massive bills each quarter? If the approach of winter brings a sense of dread with it and you are considering using candlelight to do all of your reading, it is time to stop and think about a few simple ways that you could boost the efficiency of your home;

Let’s take a look at three methods which will save you wads of cash each and every month…

Invest in some double-glazed windows

Modern double-glazed UPVC windows are designed to fit in with a range of property styles, improving the retention of heat, minimising audible levels of outside noise and enhancing the look and feel of any home;

Often, around 60% of household heat-loss occurs via single-pane windows; if you have old-fashioned, leaky windows at home, installing double-glazing is the sensible thing to do;

Make sure to shop around for the best deal, but do not compromise on quality: this will be a long-term investment, which should see you through many years of use: look out for companies who can offer you some kind of 10 year insurance-backed warranty.

Replace your light bulbs with energy-efficient models

If you have a number of older incandescent bulbs in active use throughout your household, you could be spending a lot more money than you have to: modern compact fluorescent lamp type bulbs typically use only a fifth of the electric power of your older-fashioned bulbs.

Even if you prefer the warm glow of incandescent bulbs, the improved phosphor formulations used in the newest breed of energy-efficient bulbs are closing the gap in perceived quality so much that, these days, it can be pretty hard to tell the difference, except when you get your next electricity bill through!

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Invest in a modern, energy-efficient fridge-freezer

Think about it: your fridge-freezer hums away 24/7, keeping your milk fresh and your pizza frozen: but this convenience can end up costing you more than it has to, especially if your unit is over a decade old;

Sure, you may have purchased an ‘energy-efficient’ model back at the turn of the millennium – this was a wise move, however, technology has come along in leaps and bounds since then: by investing in a more modern energy-efficient refrigerator/freezer, you could end up improving things by up to 40% in terms of energy savings.

Most modern manufacturers will publish statistics on their products: compare your current unit to the modern specs until you find a suitable replacement.

Josh Tel installs energy-efficient sunrooms Scotland-wide: he is a specialist when it comes to home improvements which will save you money.

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