As concern about the effects of global warming grows, more people are starting to wonder about how they reduce their own carbon footprint. Whether this involves taking the bus or improving their home energy efficiency, every action counts in protecting the planet. We have put together five simple, cost effective ways to improve energy efficiency in the home to get you started.
1. Changing your bath and shower routine
Research has shown that the average 8 minute shower uses approximately 62 litres of water, which shoots up to 132 litres with the installation of a power shower (more than a bath). This not only raises our carbon footprint, it also has a significant impact on our monthly energy bills.
As we ramp up the temperature on our showers, we’re increasing costs and our environmental impact further. Installing a low-flow showerhead is a great way to optimise energy efficiency in the home, especially if we also consider dialling back on the water heat.
2. Installing Solar Panels
The initial cost of installing solar panels can be quite significant, however long-term use can see a return on your investment. This is because the panels will cover some of your monthly energy usage which results in lower bills.
Solar energy is also completely renewable, meaning we’ll never run out. Apart from the creation of the panels, no harm is done to the environment. This makes them a great method of improving your home’s energy efficiency.
3. Upgrading your heating system
The health of your home heating system can greatly impact the size of your carbon footprint. For example, faulty gas central heating can emit carbon monoxide, a dangerous pollutant. Newer models tend to be much more efficient, and as technology has advanced, they might be more effective.
Alternatively, you could resort to electric heating. Heating from fossil fuels such as gas, oil and coal only convert approximately 30% of their energy into heat, whereas electric heating converts 100%. This makes electric radiators, furnaces and heating systems a much better choice for the environment.
4. Investing in Wooden Plantation Shutters
Keeping the heat in is just as important for reducing your carbon footprint as upgrading your current systems. Plantation shutters are a great way to improve energy efficiency in the home, and their temperature control properties have resulted in them being used all around the world.
Windows don’t benefit from the same levels of insulation as your cavity walls, making them one of the main areas from which heat can escape.
Fortunately, wooden shutters can dramatically reduce this. Wood is an excellent insulator, and so closing your shutters will add an extra barrier for heat to pass through. This traps more heat in your home and prevents any draughts.
5. Improving your Loft Insulation
It’s no secret that hot air rises, and it continues to do this all the way out of your house. By improving your loft insulation you can trap this heat and improve energy efficiency in the home. In fact, Find Energy Savings have found that installing additional loft insulation has an annual saving of up to £150 per year. In fact, the government even has grants and schemes which mean certain people are eligible to receive this additional installation free of charge.
Speak to the Shutter Design team today to learn more about the insulative properties of shutters and book a consultation.