Top 5 Ways To Make Your Home More Energy Efficient
At Stove Supermarket, we’re committed to helping our clients make their homes more energy-efficient. With this in mind, we do our utmost to sell eco-friendly products that still effectively heat the rooms around them, creating a warm and cosy interior.
However, there are lots of different ways to reduce your energy usage and cut your costs, so if you want to know how you can do more, here are our five top tips.
Invest in one of our stoves
While there are plenty of things you can do to minimise your energy consumption, investing in one of our stoves is a great place to start. With everything from wood-burning stoves to electric, gas and multi-fuel options, our products are designed to efficiently and effectively heat up the surrounding space, meaning you’re not so reliant on your central heating come winter. Aside from their impressive energy efficiency ratings, they also have the added boon of ensuring that you don’t have to heat every room in your home once the temperature drops.
Seal your windows
When you start researching the topic, you might be surprised to discover just how simple many of the energy efficient solutions out there are. A case in point is this next tip: sealing the air leaks in and around your windows. Weatherstripping frames can make a huge difference to draughty homes, as can applying a sheet of shrink film to the glass. Not only does this help to keep heat inside, but it stops any colder air entering from outside too. The result is often a fairly significant reduction in your heating bills.
Replace incandescent bulbs with LED's
It’s been five years since manufacturers stopped producing 40-watt and 60-watt incandescent light bulbs, but some of us still have a supply lying around, as well as the odd bulb sitting in pride of place in our light fittings. If you’re one of these people, don’t be tempted to use them for the sake of it, as there are a host of far more efficient alternatives out there. Halogen bulbs, compact fluorescent lights, and LED's are much greener options, and they tend to last longer too. Switch from old-fashioned to eco-friendlier bulbs and you’ll soon notice a reduction in your electrical bill.
Unplug your chargers when they’re not in use
Admit it: most of us leave our chargers plugged in constantly. While this might seem harmless, it turns out that they actually continue to drain energy from your plug sockets even when they’re not in use, at a rate of 0.26 watts. This is why they’re included among a class of electrical objects known as ‘energy vampires’, which collectively account for around 10 per cent of your energy outlay. With this in mind, always remember to unplug them.
Invest in a low-flow shower head
There are lots of additional ways to cut your energy consumption, but we wanted to stick with simple suggestions that anyone can manage. This is why our fifth and final solution is to install a low-flow shower head. Cutting your gallons per minute consumption from an average of 5 to less than 2.5, these are a wonderful way to increase efficiency and create a more environmentally friendly home.
If you’re looking for a cost-effective way to cut your energy bills and make your home greener, wood-burning stoves and electric stoves really are among the best solutions out there. Why not contact our team today to find out more?
- Jonny Turner