Tips to make a property more cost efficient

Tips to make a property more cost efficient

9:06 AM, 20th April 2022, About a month ago

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Uk searches for “energy saving tips” have seen a 175% increase in the past 12 months, and after global gas prices resulted in an energy price cap rise of 54%, GTSE has revealed seven ways to help make properties more efficient.

Maximise heat from radiators: It’s worth ensuring you’re maximising the work radiators are doing to heat your home. You can do this by simply installing radiator foils behind your radiators.

Radiator foils basically work to help keep more heat in the home by reflecting the warmth back in the room, instead of escaping through the walls. This hack can cost as little as £7 and is a super easy change to make to your home for some impressive results. In fact, studies have shown that using certain types of radiator foils can save you up to £4.02 per radiator[1], depending on the type of property you have.

Reinforce your windows’ insulation: It’s important to ensure you insulate every part of a home from the attic to the windows, to the walls, doors, and floors. There are also some easy hacks to help you insulate your home from as little as £3.

Windows account for a whopping 25% of heat loss in homes, so they should be considered as a priority to well-insulate and in turn, keep homes warm through winter. Beyond opting for double glazing, you can buy window insulation kits for £3 which can help as an easy, simple way to keep more heat inside and those bills down.

Reduce water consumption: Although there are plenty of basic ways to reduce water consumption just through your daily routine, such as turning off the taps when brushing your teeth or just spending less time in the shower, there are also some budget-friendly improvements you can make to your home to help reduce how much water you use.

You can invest in water-saving showerheads, prices can vary for these, but they start from around £12 per head. These low-flow heads work by simply reducing the amount of water that needs to run through the shower without dampening the water pressure. Some modern models can also reduce the amount of water needed by almost half!

These are also a great hack for those that are not on a water meter as they’re still reducing the amount of water you need to heat up, in turn reducing your energy bills.

Draw curtain: Using thick, insulating curtains, and drawing them as soon as the evening comes in, can help keep the heat in, especially if you have drafty windows. Although not as budget-friendly, these types of curtains can also be picked up for about £50.

According to researchers at the University of Salford[2], drawing your curtains in the evening reduces heat loss by up to 17%. You can further this by choosing to use electrical tape to secure your curtains to the wall. Although this seems like more of a drastic measure, it can increase heat loss prevention up to 25% by preventing cold air from the windows coming around the curtains.

Draft-proofing: Making a home airtight is one of the most important ways of keeping your home toasty warm, it’s also necessary if you have not got double glazing. Insulation tape is a great way to reinforce airtight windows or make draftier ones for efficiency. It simply sticks to the frame and expands slightly to fill any spaces.

Use smart power strips: Smart power strips are essentially outlet extensions that automatically stop power from going to your electronics when they’re plugged in but not in use. They can help to reduce your overall energy bill by up to 10% annually.

Invest in an eco-kettle: Kettles can be one of the most wasteful uses of energy, especially if you’re heating more water than what you need. However, you can find environmentally friendly kettles, which use as much as 30% less power to heat your water.

Commenting on the tips, Tom Armenante, Ecommerce Director from GTSE says, “Energy bills have reached an all-time high, and to no surprise, majority of us are on the look-out for ways to help save some money on costly bills. Even more-so as the cold, winter months set in!”

Further tips on making your home more efficient can be found here: https://gtse.co.uk/blog/how-to-make-your-home-more-efficient-in-winter

1 https://energysavingtrust.org.uk/energy-ratings-everything-you-need-know/

2 https://www.thegreenage.co.uk/do-radiator-reflectors-work/

3 https://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/bills/article-2644012/Energy-House-scientists-make-rain-snow-test-energy-efficiency.html

4. https://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/green-tech/sustainable/smart-power-strip.htm



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