There are a lot of simple changes you can make to your home which will help you to save energy, save money and stay warm. For example, many of the measures here should cost no more than £150-£200 and pay for themselves in around a year in energy savings.

How?

Draught-proof your home
  • Improve the fit of uPVC windows simply by adjusting bolts and hinges – this should reduce draughts and noise
  • Seal gaps under skirting and between floorboards (stopgaps.com)
  • Easily fill gaps around pipework and cable entry points with expanding foam  - e.g. meter cupboards, airing cupboards and under kitchen units.
  • Block up unused chimneys, flues and redundant vents
  • Fill gaps and cracks around window and door frames  
Insulate your home

Install 27cms (10 inches) of loft insulation (the current standard) and have your cavity walls insulated. This is cheap, only takes a day and causes no disruption in the house. 

Reduce your use of hot water
  • Choose an eco shower head and use less hot water
  • Insulate all hot water pipes in the airing cupboard
  • Heat your hot water cylinder to no more than 60oC
  • Switch off your hot water overnight
Install modern low energy lights
  • Replace all your light bulbs with LEDs.

 

 

Home Energy – Low Cost (L0)                                                                     WinACC August 2015

 

 

 

 

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