5 Cheap and Easy Ways to Save Energy in the Home

Industrial style kitchen with fire place and ceiling light

If you’re looking to save money and do your bit for the environment at the same time, consider making some quick and cost-efficient changes in your home. In this blog we show you five easy ways to save energy (and money!) with some low-cost kit that you can easily find at your local hardware store or online – search around and they can be found for under £20.

Glass roofed home extension for kitchen dining room facing sunny garden with shed

1. Water-Saving Shower Heads

2. LED low voltage light bulbs

3. Change regular extension cables to smart power strips

4. Seal gaps around doors and windows

5. Insulate your eaves and attic

Bathroom with brown 3/4 tiling, round free standing bath and rain head shower

1. Water-saving shower heads

You might assume that taking a shower is more efficient than a bath, but it’s not always the case. High-volume power showers, for example, can use more water than the average bathtub. If you have an electric shower, this one isn’t for you as they are configured to only heat the water you need — but if your shower takes hot water straight from your boiler or hot water tank, try fitting a special water efficient shower head. The specially designed shower heads reduce the amount of water used — from around 22 litres per minute to nine litres per limit or even less with the newest designs. Fitting a water saving shower head can save as much as £70 a year on gas, and £115 a year on water bills.

2. LED low voltage light bulbs

Changing your light bulbs to low-voltage LED bulbs is one of the easiest and quickest ways to save energy. You can get most kinds of LED bulbs in the supermarket, so you can pick them up alongside your normal weekly shop. LED bulbs have advanced in years and are now as bright as standard light bulbs, so the only change you can expect is a reduction in your electricity bills. LED bulbs use around 90% less energy than halogen bulbs and last 50 times longer. Making this change could save you about £35 a year.

3. Change regular extension cables to smart power strips

We all use extension leads — our lives involve many devices, many of which need charging regularly or are designed to be kept on standby. You can now buy ‘smart’ power strips, which look very similar, but are designed to allow you to turn all your standby devices off in one go. It’s also possible to purchase smart strips with a timer, so you can choose them to go off while you’re sleeping. Smart strips cost from around £15 for a basic model and can ensure that your standby devices aren’t draining your energy (and cash) when not in use.

4. Seal gaps around doors and windows

If you live in a period property, you might notice draughts — new build homes are often well draught proofed. If you’re feeling the chill, you’re also losing heat and money. As well your doors, you should check gaps around windows, floors and the chimney. Professional draught excluding can be expensive, but you can also use self-adhesive foam, metal or plastic strips — with or without brushes — to fit in particularly large gaps, or silicone sealant for smaller draughts. Other easy wins include keyhole covers, letterbox flaps and covers, and flexible silicone fillers between floorboards and pipework. All of these can be found in shops like B&Q.

5. Insulate your eaves and attic

Hot air rises and gets lost in the cold space in your loft or attic — about a quarter of heat is lost through the roof of an uninsulated home. The first place to start is by blocking of draughts around your loft hatch. You can do this with low-cost strip insulation as you would on a door, or sealant; just head down to your hardware store. Don’t forget to insulate your loft, attic or flat roof too. It’s simple and effective for around 40 years — it should pay for itself many times over and can often be done ‘DIY’, rather than calling in the professionals. Rolls are around £20 each, so you can do areas in stages if you’re counting the pennies, or you may be able to get a grant from the government. Either way, you could save up to £250 a year on your heating bill.

Do you have any more tips to share on decluttering and spring cleaning? We’d love to hear them!

You Might Also Like

light bulb in cupped hands

5 Of The Best…Ways To Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Improving the energy efficiency of your home not only helps to conserve the world’s natural resources but also saves you money too. From quick wins to improve your efficiency in a flash to long-term projects that reap huge rewards, we’ve rounded up the five best ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency.

READ MORE >
Cyclists In Copenhagen By A River

Sustainability, Design and Travel Series: Copenhagen

We’re starting our series with Copenhagen, the Danish capital and one of Scandinavia’s — and indeed, Europe’s — coolest conurbations. With its extensive bike networks, commitment to renewable energy and green-friendly hotels, it’s a city with sustainability at its heart. Add to this some pretty impressive architecture, striking design credentials and a truly impressive culinary landscape, it’s no wonder it receives the title of a ‘modern-day fairy tale’.

READ MORE >
open property brochure

Have you tried our full-package property marketing services?

Having worked with the UK’s leading estate agents for over three decades, we’ve got tried and tested packages for cost-effective and time-efficient property marketing collateral. Our full package marketing services are a popular choice as it means agents don’t have to worry about anything: this includes everything from EPCs and floor plans to high-quality property marketing photography, brochure design, copywriting and videography.

READ MORE >
Search
Close this search box.
Search
Close this search box.

Hive

Please Note: Our previous system is accessible here until mid-2024, please download any past products as soon as possible.