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8 Tips for Making your Family Home more Sustainable

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Published on 06/12/2021

Are you looking to see how you can make your life more sustainable for the planet?

As a parent, it can feel important to try and live a more sustainable life for your children.  What you probably didn’t know is that most of these eco-tips for a more sustainable home also help to save money in the long run!  All it takes are a few simple measures, such as turning down your heating, or lowering the temperature on your washing machine and it can have a significant effect on your annual bills.

With the cost of living rising, here are some ideas which should help cut your costs while reducing your carbon footprint

 

1. Insulate your loft

A poorly insulated roof can lead to a lot of energy wastage.  If you get some decent loft insulation then you could save between £120 and £225 a year.  While this all depends on the type of property you have and the location, make sure that you don’t lose heat this winter.

 

2. Upgrade your boiler

While this may come as a surprise, an inefficient boiler can add a couple of hundred pounds to your energy bills.  By upgrading your boiler you can cut costs in the long term.  This is also a great way to save the planet as it will dramatically reduce your carbon emissions.

Boilers account for 60% of all of the carbon dioxide emissions that are produced in a gas home. 

Boiler ratings for efficiency are rated on a scale of A to G, with A being the most efficient.  If yours is at the lower end of the scale, then it could be worth investing in a new one to save in the long run.

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3. Watch your energy consumption

If you are wanting to know how much energy you waste, then it might be good to invest in an energy monitor to help you find out.  They cost between £25 to £40, but some companies give them out for free.

Make sure you put it somewhere the whole family can see, like the kitchen or living room.  These handy gadgets work out how much energy you are using and it can be a good reminder to cut back.

4. Use a water-saving showerhead

Most people know that baths waste a lot of water and that showering is usually the greener option, but just how eco is your daily scrub?

If you spend over 20 minutes giving yourself a jolly good soak under scalding water then you are probably using more water than you think.  Some power showers use more water in 5 minutes than a whole bath! If you invest in a water-saving showerhead, then you can cut back on both the amount of water you use and the amount of energy as well.

 

5. Invest in an Eco kettle

All kettles boil water, but that doesn’t mean that they’re all the same when it comes to being eco. The worst kettle will take ages to boil and waste energy by staying on after they’ve reached boiling point.   Some eco kettles use as much as 30% less power so it might be worth getting one if you want to make your home more sustainable.

 

6. Get double glazing fitted

If you don’t have double glazing yet, then you could be surprised at the dramatic change it can make to your energy bills.

While the initial investment will be quite high the double glazed windows will trap more heat inside your home and keep you warmer.  The money you will be saving is in the long term.  Double glazing also comes in multiple styles so you don’t have to ruin the look of your home.  Also, make sure you lookout for the ‘Energy Saving Trust recommended’ logo as the seal of approval for a more efficient window.

 

7. Insulate your cavity walls

When you are thinking about heat loss in your home you might not think about filling your cavity walls but this could save you in the long term!  While filling a cavity wall costs £330 upwards, the annual savings are anywhere from £70 to £255 a year according to the Energy Savings Trust.

 

8. Solar panels

Solar panels will put the power of making your own heat and energy into your own hands which will help save on bills.  While you used to be able to sell energy back to the National Grid, but this scheme is now closed to new applicants from 31 March 2019.

The government has now introduced a Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) which means that most suppliers will need to pay you for your exported excess electricity.

To add to making your home more sustainable, some solar panels warm the water in your tanks which also reduces your overall bill.

Solar panels for the average household cost around £5,940 and this is a big initial cost. The good news is the solar panels work even when it’s cloudy, so the UK weather should not put you off!  

 

 

What are your tips for making your home more sustainable in the long run?  Let us know in the comment section below!

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