It’s that time of year again. As we start 2014, plenty of people are starting to think about things they want to change with their lives. Losing weight is usually top of the agenda for New Year’s Resolutions, but what about saving money and while we’re at it, the planet? From heating our houses to doing the laundry, we use energy in our homes every day. It is essential that we reduce our energy consumption if we’re to prevent further climate change and keep our purse strings intact.
So in that spirit, here are a few energy-saving resolutions to consider for the New Year:
Upgrade your boiler - If your current boiler is more than ten years old, upgrading to a modern condensing model could easily slash your heating bills and emissions by a third.
Draught proof gaps - If you have poorly sealed windows and doors you may be losing a significant amount of heat through the gaps. Draught proofing is a simple inexpensive DIY measure and by saving warm air you’ll use less energy to heat your home.
Double glazing -Old single glazed windows can often be a major source of heat loss, so if you have them in your home, or even if you have broken or leaky double glazing it’s well worth considering modern energy-efficient replacements.
Time for a new thermostat – The latest thermostats are really clever, they can now learn how to program themselves based on your usage habits.
Replace old bulbs - Still using the old-school light bulbs? Switch them to energy saving light bulbs, you’ll save oodles on your bills.
Think – It may sound a little tired but it’s very important to remember that when you’re not in a room, you really should turn off your appliances to save energy. If you have children, ask them to follow this too.