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Easy Ways to Improve the Energy Efficiency of Your Home

Easy Ways to Improve the Energy Efficiency of Your Home

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No one likes to have a cold home. When you are prone to having a cold house, it can feel like a continual battle to keep warm. Trying to keep your home at a constant, comfortable temperature during the winter can lead to extortionate gas and electricity bills, which can be a real cause of stress. Receiving a high energy bill can be a nasty surprise, and may leave you worrying about how you will cover the cost. 

If you find yourself continually turning up your heating to stay warm, you may benefit from improving the energy efficiency of your home. Improving the energy efficiency of your home will not only help keep you warm all winter long, but it will also reduce the cost of your heating bills. Of course, increasing the energy efficiency of your home is about so much more than saving money. When you actively make changes to improve energy efficiency in your house, you are also helping to reduce your carbon footprint. Here are some of the ways that you can increase the energy efficiency of your home and enjoy the benefits that this brings:

Switch Your Lighting

Your choice of lighting can influence the cost of powering your home. Some lights require a large amount of electricity to keep them running, but switching to LED lighting will provide an energy-efficient alternative. LED lights use 90 per cent less electricity than regular light bulbs, so you should see a reduction in your energy usage when you switch to LED lighting.

Check Your Insulation

If you are continually turning up your heating, but still not feeling the warmth in your home, you may need to improve your roof insulation. If your roof is not well-insulated, all of the heat generated by your fire or central heating travels up into your loft and through your roof. To prevent your heat from being wasted in this way, you will need to ensure that your loft insulation performs at its best. Using the best insulation will allow your home to stay warm and less heat will escape through your roof. This means a cosier house and less expensive energy bills.

Change Your Windows

Are you losing heat through your windows? Many homes lose heat through their windows without even realising. Even if your windows don’t seem drafty, they can still be energy inefficient, and cause your heating bill to rise. Double-glazed windows and triple-glazed windows can help to boost your home’s energy efficiency by providing improved insulation when compared to single-glazed windows. However, not all double-glazing and triple-glazing is equal. The energy efficiency of your windows will depend on the quality of the glazing and window frames. Changing your windows and doors to double or triple-glazing with a high energy efficiency rating will help to ensure that your home stays well insulated. You may also want to consider adding a heavy curtain to the windows to help keep the warm air in and prevent any drafts entering your home. 

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The benefits of LED lighting in a busy family home

The Benefits of LED Lighting in a Busy Family Home

The benefits of LED lighting in a busy family home

By now, you’ve probably heard the hype about LED lighting. It saves money, it’s good for the environment and it is available in a variety of styles. If you have a busy family home, LED lighting could be a great investment for you. Here is everything that you need to know about the different benefits of LED lighting:

Choice of Styles

When LED lighting first came to the mass market, it was only available in cool-toned bulbs that could make a home look bright and harsh. However, the technology has moved on a lot since then, and LED lighting is availability in a variety of styles and colours. You can get soft, yellow lighting that works well for mood lighting, and bright white lighting which looks great in a bathroom. You can buy LED lighting in a range of styles from pendant lighting to recessed lights for the kitchen and decking area.

Money-saving

One of the biggest benefits to installing LED lighting in a family home is the money that it saves. There is an upfront cost to LED lighting – the bulbs generally cost a bit more than the standard halogen bulbs – but in most cases, you’ll make the cost back in savings on your electricity bill. The best way to experiment with the impact of LED lighting in your family home is to put them in the room that you use the most – be it the kitchen, living room or bathroom, and see if there is a change in your electricity bill.
Although the upfront cost may seem off-putting, it’s important to remember that LED bulbs have a lifespan of over 10,000 hours, compared to 1000 hours for halogen bulbs. This means that you’ll barely ever need to replace them, making them more of an investment than a reoccurring cost.

Reduces carbon footprint

Another upside of switching to LED lighting is the environmental impact. 95% of the energy used in LED bulbs is converted into light and only 5% wasted as heat – the opposite is true in fluorescent bulbs. You also need less LED lights than standard lights, as they focus light in one direction to give a brighter light, unlike halogen bulbs.

Safety

One reason to install LED lighting in a family home is all about safety. As the bulbs do not generate as much heat, they are not as hot to the touch in the event that a child should accidentally touch one. They are also less likely to shatter and break.

Customisable

LED lighting works well in a family home because it is highly customisable. You can connect the lights to a dimmer switch, allowing the lighting level to match the atmosphere. You can have the lights in the kitchen bright for mealtimes and darker for when the kids go to bed and you are enjoying a glass of wine.
You can also connect your LED bulbs to a range of smart home systems, which allow you to control the lights when you’re outside of the house via an app on your phone. This also adds to the saving on your electricity bill, should you forget to turn the bathroom light off when you leave the house.
Would you consider installing LED lighting in your home?

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