If you’re already doing the simple every day things to reduce energy usage around your home, but you would still like to do more, here are the best energy saving projects for under £100.
1. Energy saving light bulbs
8% of a typical household’s energy bills are accounted for by lighting; lighting is one of the easiest areas to save money and energy on- start by turning off lights when you leave a room. To make a real impact to the energy consumption accounted for by lighting in your home, for a couple of pounds you can replace unfriendly bulbs with new eco friendly CFL ones. According to The Energy Saving Trust you can save yourself around £37 per year on your electricity bill if you make the switch.
The EU banned the 60W incandescent bulb earlier this year, resulting in many people panic-buying this iconic and nostalgic bulb, probably due to the bad press energy efficient bulbs have received. CFL bulbs have a reputation for taking longer to light up, coming in multiple oversized pasta shapes and producing a cold light. Thankfully there are now more eco-friendly solutions that are both aesthetically acceptable and environmentally friendly.
CFL bulbs last 4-5 times longer than a traditional bulb, but the even more environmentally friendly option is the LED bulb. This bulb is more pricey, but it’s not only likely to outlive a CFL bulb, but also you!
Read more about the different types of light bulbs available.
2. Turn down the heat
By turning your thermostat down, by just a few degrees, you can reduce your heating bill by as much as 10%. Your thermostat should be set at the lowest comfortable temperature, between 18°C and 21°; try and turn your thermostat down a couple of degrees to save energy.
3. Draught proof
Draught proofing is often overlooked, despite it being one of the cheapest energy saving solutions. Proper ventilation in a building is important to control damp and condensation but draughts are different, they let in cold air and waste energy.
By draught proofing doors, windows and any other unwanted gaps you can keep your home warm and save energy. You could save over £50 by draught proofing your home to reduce the amount of energy wasted and heat lost and as a result your home will be warmer – you will be able to turn your thermostat down.
Windows: stick draught-proofing strips around the window frame to fill the gap between the window and the frame.
Doors: draught proofing outside doors will only cost you a few pounds to do the key hole, letter box, door frame and the gap at the bottom of the door.
The cost of draught proofing your home is about £100 for materials + labour, unless you choose to fit it yourself. For more information on draught proofing your home visit The Energy Saving Trust’s website.
4. Insulate your pipes and tank
Insulating your hot water tank and pipes keeps water hotter for longer and this is another easy money saving project that is cheap and easy to install. Insulating a pipe reduces the amount of energy it looses by 75%. Fitting the insulation around pipes is easy if the pipes are easily accessible. The materials costs around £10 and could save the same amount in just one year. A jacket for a hot water tank costs only £15 and can save around £40 annually.
Figures from The Energy Saving Trust.
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