Best ways to reduce your Everyday Energy Consumption

Energy Savings Tips

Here are what we feel are the best energy saving tips for you right now, to get your bills down and reduce our impact on the environment. 
 

The Practical Solutions

Recycling:  I know it sounds crazy to mention this still, but we are sure most people are still not recycling their waste correctly. The many different rules do become confusing in some parts of the country as each council has another way of doing things. So if you move into a new area, this will take some time to get accustomed to. 

Food waste: Putting food in the main bin instead of the recycling bin is all too easy. We should all make a concerted effort to do our bit and use the Food bins provided. This food waste is used to produce clean electricity or composted to help grow other food. 

Heating: Limiting the amount of energy you use is not only good for your bank balance but will also reduce your yearly CO2 footprint. If your boiler is at the end of its life, consider an Air Source Heat Pump instead of a gas-fired boiler. This change in the heating system will drastically reduce the use of energy and is powered by electricity. You can make sure you have a renewable contract with your energy supplier and feel happy knowing you have the best solution in place. 

Insulation: Let’s get insulating. Lofts are the most accessible areas to put a good amount of insulation in, and you will instantly feel the difference. Further insulation technologies we can implement is cavity wall insulation. We would suggest getting professional advice on this to ensure you are getting the best results. 

Car journeys: Did you need to jump in the car to go to the shops for a pint of milk? Probably not. If you are still using an ICE internal combustion engine vehicle, you burn fossil fuels each time you turn on the ignition. We encourage the use of electric cars here at ihometrade and have several vehicles at the disposal of our staff. It is essential to reduce the use of these vehicles, but also, very importantly, air pollution is estimated to be killing around 7 million people a year throughout the world. The WHO has just announced that they have slashed the safe limits massively. 

Hot Water: It’s simple really, take a shower instead of a daily bath. Changing your routine will save you tons of money, especially with the massive increase in gas prices highlighted in the News. Also, by cutting out the wasteful bath, you are saving a vast amount of energy to heat a large amount of water each day. Shower Save water and energy don’t spend too long singing in the shower. 

Appliances: not all alliances are created equal, and energy-saving technology is getting better and better. Plus they have just had to completely change the outdated 20 year way of rating an appliance. When the time comes to replace your fridge, dishwasher, or any appliance in the house. Consider buying the most energy-efficient one possible within your budget. We know that they tend to be a bit more expensive at purchase, but with the cost of running them increasing, it may be cheaper in the long run to get the most efficient model you can even if they might be slightly more expensive. 

Windows:  Modern double glazed or triple glazed windows are essential for keeping the heat in and reducing cold drafts. No one likes a drafty house, so again when the time is upon you to replace your windows, get the best Windows you can for your budget. Stay warm and put a jumper on instead of firing up the central heating system. Also, consider only heating a few rooms and closing the doors to the rooms you don’t use. 

Here at ihometrade we take the environment very seriously as there is simply No Planet B to go to. 

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