What You Can Do To Reduce Home Energy Use

Although energy prices are rising indefinitely, there are some actions households can take to transform their homes to support better energy consumption. Find grants for better insulation in the home, a new compression boiler, or storage heaters to replace your conventional radiators. 

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Internal Wall Insulation 

Even with insulation, homes still lose around 35% of heat through the walls. Since it is expensive to heat up the air – especially in the winter when the air temperature is colder – it makes sense to trap any heat you generate and make the most of it. So you need some internal wall insulation. 

Internal wall insulation creates a barrier of thermal air between the outside wall and the inside rooms. In most homes, a false wall is created, and insulation material is installed in the gap; this insulation can be insulation boards, dry lining, or spray foam. It helps to reduce energy usage.  

Flat Roof Insulation 

Flat roof properties are more common in warmer climates that don’t need to protect a property from water run-off; that said, many flat roof properties can be found in the northern hemisphere in places like the UK. If you have a flat roof, then you need flat roof insulation for energy control. 

Typically, flat roof insulation is a layer of foam that keeps the property warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. If you have a flat roof property and you want to do something about the rising energy costs, contact All Seasons Energy for a quote and have new insulation installed. 

New Boiler Installation 

Unless you live in a new build home, chances are your property is a little older; this is common in countries like the UK where living in an older property is more likely. If you have moved into an older property, you need to check the condition of the boiler and have it replaced if it’s a bit older. 

Newer boilers are more energy efficient because they are condensing boilers. Condensing technology recovers exhaust flue gas and recycles it into the system creating a more efficient boiler for the home. If you want a more efficient boiler, you can have one installed with a grant. 

External Wall Insulation 

A typical home loses 35% of its heat through the walls, which means that insulation is crucial to increasing energy efficiency and reducing costs. There are two types of insulation, internal and external insulation. It’s best to have a combination of both to equip your home in the best way. 

External wall insulation is similar to internal wall insulation, but there is a difference. Instead of applying the insulation boards to the interior wall, they are fitted to the exterior wall; a special type of cladding or plasterwork is then used to protect the insulation and improve the wall’s look. 

Storage Heaters 

When most people think of an electric heater, they think of a heating appliance that is very expensive, but storage heaters are different. It’s true that storage heaters are electrical appliances, but they work in an innovative and efficient way to improve the energy economy. 

A storage heater is installed against the wall like a conventional radiator, but it doesn’t run off gas. Instead, a storage heater contains energy-storing bricks that hold the heat gathered through the night during off-peak hours. This cheaper heat is then distributed during the day.   

Loft Insulation 

Homes that don’t have loft or roof insulation lose around a quarter of their heat. By installing loft insulation, you can save this heat and reduce your energy bills. Not only do you save money when you save heat, but you also take pressure off the energy systems and support net zero. 

As with other forms of insulation, loft insulation works by trapping thermal energy in a space between the roof of the property and the ceiling on the upper area of the house. Loft insulation is put down on the ceiling helping to trap heat in the space and heat the home more easily. 

Air Source Heat Pumps 

Air source heat pumps are becoming more popular in homes because they are generally cheaper than heat sources that use fossil fuels. An air source heat pump is like an air conditioner unit in reverse. It takes cool air from outside and heats it up in a compressor. 

Instead of cooling warm air down like an air conditioner, an air source heat pump heats up cool air before sending it into the home. Of course, this process requires electricity, but this power can be sourced from renewable energy, making it a cleaner and cheaper choice for homes.  

Room in Roof 

Room in roof insulation is similar to loft insulation, but it can be more efficient in some cases. If your home has a loft, it’s an excellent idea to install some form of insulation to trap the heat in your home and increase its energy efficiency. Room in roof insulation is an effective method. 

Instead of putting insulation down on the floor or the ceiling of the upper rooms, a room in roof system builds a small room inside the loft with insulation on every wall. This insulation traps heat in the loft efficiently and makes it cheaper for you to heat the home using a heating system.  

First Time Central Heating 

Central heating is an eco-friendly way to heat your home if the boiler is efficient and the system is new. For this reason, the government supports qualifying households to install new central heating systems with condensing boilers to support energy efficiency and collective net-zero efforts. If you want to find out whether you qualify, contact All Season Energy for more details.  

Final Thoughts 

The cost of energy continues to rise, and households are starting to feel the squeeze; the good news is there are many things you can do to reduce your energy consumption and your costs. Of course, you can make changes to your energy habits, but you can also find grants to help you improve the infrastructure of your property and benefit from better energy efficiency.