No matter how eco-conscious you think you are, there is always more you could be doing to reduce your environmental impact. Maybe you cycle or use public transport instead of driving your car into work, and maybe you recycle everything you can. That is a great start—but have you considered how your home may be wasting valuable energy? Here are three ways your home may be using energy inefficiently, and methods to fix the problems.
Your Home is Losing Heat
In the winter months, it is easy to feel like you are fighting a losing battle when it comes to heating your house. You keep the heating on constantly to try and feel warm, but nothing seems to be working—and you are wasting energy.
If this sounds like you, your home is probably not insulated well. Try adding some better insulation to your attic – there are so many options available and it is not difficult to do it yourself.
You could also buy some draft excluders to stop cold air getting in through cracks in window and door frames. Thick curtains are also a great option for keeping heat in and cold out.
Another thing to consider is your heating system. If your house has old radiators, they are probably not very efficient. New radiators are more effective at heating your home, meaning you do not need to use them all the time. Take a look at warmrooms.co.uk to find a new style for your home that would also help you cut down on energy use.
Your Home is Poorly Lit
If your home does not have a lot of natural light, you are probably spending a lot of the day with the lights turned on. Now, most people cannot afford to install new windows, so this is not a great option. Instead, think about ways to minimize the amount of energy you are using while the lights are on.
Energy-saving lightbulbs are an easy switch to make and are thought to be around 75% more efficient than regular bulbs.
You could also install motion-sensor lights. These are especially useful in areas like stairways and hallways. You walk in, the light turns on automatically, you leave, and the light goes out. You do not have to remember to turn the lights off, so it is a low-effort way to save energy.
Your Home is Wasting Water
If you have any kind of leak in your home—and you may not know it if you do—you could be wasting upwards of 90 gallons of water every day. Get a plumber round to fix any leaky faucets or toilets and stop the waste.
If your toilet was installed before 1993, it could also be using too much water with each flush. Most modern toilets now use 4 gallons less per flush than older toilets, so switching to new could save thousands of gallons per year.
Finally, you should check to make sure that your showerhead is attached properly to the hose. No matter how short your showers or how little water you think you are using, if the head is not attached properly, you will be wasting water. Tightening or replacing the showerhead can make an enormous difference.
Make these checks and upgrades to ensure that your home is not wasting energy. You will be helping the environment and saving yourself money on your energy and water bills.