Let’s face it, cleaning isn’t the best task in the world… but along with the joys of spring comes the tradition of blitzing the house so it’s refreshed after the stuffy winter period.
So, if you’ve decided to stop procrastinating and pull out the rubber gloves, why not take the chance to make some changes to increase your energy efficiency?
Winter will be back soon enough, and putting measures in place while you’re doing an all-round clean could not only make your home more sustainable, but knock some pounds of your energy bills!
Cluttered Home, Cluttered Mind
De-cluttering the home is one of the biggest parts of the spring clean process, not only does it help you to clear your mind, but it’s a great way to start considering your “energy makeover” options. This is particularly true for your loft; you can get rid of the old boxes (and the Christmas decorations that haven’t been used since 2000) and see how well insulated your loft really is.
If you haven’t checked before, it could be that there’s no insulation up there at all. Or, it might be time to have it replaced if it’s been in there for a long time. It doesn’t have to be expensive, if its easy access, not damp and you haven’t got a flat roof, you may be able to do it yourself.
You could save anything from £115 – £215(1) a year on your energy bills by installing the right levels of insulation, compared to having none at all.
A top-up of installation levels from 120 to 270mm could save you from £10- £20 a year, as well as making a big impact on your homes comfort levels.
And don’t forget to clear out the airing cupboard – your hot water tank is likely to be hiding amongst a pile of cleaning products and unused gadgets (like mine!). Whilst having a sort out, why not check that the pipes and the tank itself are suitably insulated?
A hot water tank jacket costs about £15 and should be at least 80mm thick – installing one could save you around £20(2) a year on your fuel bills!
And by having pipe insulation fitted around the pipes, your water will stay hotter for much longer.
Do I really need to draught-proof my home?
To answer simply, you should do! While you’re cleaning your windows and skirting boards, you may notice it’s a little chilly around these areas. This is the perfect prompt to look at options to draught-proof your home. Luckily, this is one of the cheapest and most effective ways to save energy and money at home.
If you do it yourself, you can find window, door and skirting board seals from as little as £10 – and it could save you around £25(3) on your annual fuel bill.
Check out this guide from the energy saving trust for the best options to draught-proof your home!
The wind(ow) of change – and financial savings!
One way to make your home more comfortable and sustainable is to replace your windows with double glazing. Okay, so it may seem like a big investment to change all of the windows, however if you have funds available it a sure-fire way to reduce those fuel bills.
In a Which? survey of 2,239 people, 44% believed double glazing made their home warmer, and 40% believed it reduced their energy bills.(4)
Be LED down the right path, and see the light once the dust settles…
Ensuring that your light fittings and electronics are dust-free is an important factor to keep them running at maximum capacity. While you busy with your feather duster, why not check what light bulbs you’re using. If you’re using traditional incandescent light-bulbs or the original CFL energy saving light bulbs, you could stand to make a lot of savings on your fuel bills.
In fact – you could knock off a whopping £100 a year! (5)
So, there you have some top tips from Fairerpower for getting through the spring clean and making some easy home improvements that could save you plenty of money on your fuel bills. Do remember, the biggest way to save money on your fuel bills is by switching energy providers regularly – you could make potential savings of up to £75 with Fairerpoer(6)! Why not get a quote at www.fairerpower.co.uk to see how much you could save.
6. Saving based on the estimated annual cost of Fairerpower Fixed Tariff for a non-economy-7, dual-fuel, medium user (3100 kWhs elec. and 12500 kWhs gas) paying monthly in advance by Direct Debit. Comparisons made against the average of the Big 6 standard variable tariffs with equivalent features. All rates correct as of 11/04/2018. “The Big 6” are British Gas, Scottish Power, SSE, Npower, E.ON and EDF.
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