Now is a time where the practicalities surrounding energy use are particularly relevant to consider. Not only are bills going up for many around Europe, but as the climate crisis continues, more and more people are focusing on what they can do within their households, and as part of their lifestyles, to lessen their impact.
On top of that, winter in the northern hemisphere is almost here, and there’s nothing quite like considering your energy usage than when you’re cold and your home needs to be heated. In this post, we’ll discuss how to achieve those results, and potentially lessen your bills, by improving the energy efficiency within your home.
You likely know about the mainline essentials worth investing in – such as great insulation within your walls or replacing your roofing felt. Replacing the window fixtures, especially if they’re old, can also add a fantastic amount of insulation.
But how you use the appliances, and the kind of appliance you use, will also determine energy efficiencies. Let’s consider how to plan for that ahead of the winter
Appliance Settings & Standards
You’d be surprised how simply switching up the settings on a particular appliance can help it become more energy efficient. Setting a timer for a television, computer or even fan to turn off instead of operating all night while you sleep is a simple example. But you may also find that operating a certain item in low-power mode, such as an air purifier, can make a tremendous difference to how much power you consume. You may also find the energy consumer rating, often using an alphabetical scale, for how efficient an appliance may be – it can be worth keeping a green rating as an important buying metric to appreciate.
Of course, the implementation and design of the appliance you use can also determine how efficient this is. For example, ducted reverse cycle heating is widely considered to be a more energy-efficient and often cheaper means of heating a home, using a cycle that can also be used for proper air conditioning. It can certainly help you avoid the intensive and rising costs associated with gas or oil heating, and may serve as a reliable long-term investment as part of this.
Renewables are probably the primary installation homeowners think of when they home to improve their energy efficiency. After all, if solar is supplementing your energy use, then that’s surely worth an investment. But with biofuel also becoming more of a common occurrence, you may consider what other provisions you can utilise. Solar panels have gone from a 16 year turnaround to a 12-year turnaround where you can expect the panel to pay for itself, and tremendously improve the value of a home – so making this a priority when house buying or before selling is in no way a bad idea.
With this advice, you’re certain to improve the energy efficiency in your home going forward. Over time, this is certain to make a profound difference.