How to Perform a Home Energy Check Yourself
Making your home more energy efficient has multiple benefits. It’s not just beneficial for saving you money on your energy bills (although this should be enough to convince you), it will also increase the comfort of your home, improve the resale value of it and massively reduce the carbon footprint it emits.
There’s just one problem: who do you turn to when it comes to finding out what part of your home is wasting the most energy? You could call in a professional to include an energy audit for you, which is fine, but did you know you could just as easily complete this process yourself and save a few of your hard-earned pounds?
Scrutinise your insulation
Did you know that over 60% of the heat generated in your home can be lost due to improper insulation? If possible, check out the condition of the insulation in your roof by going into the attic and see if you can find any wear/damage. At the time of your home being built, the builder will have followed the recommended levels of insulation at the time, which have steadily increased over the years – if your home is older, you’re much more likely to need more than you already have.
Go draught hunting
Draughts can waste up to 20% of your energy bills per year, so be sure to make a list of all the areas you can feel a leaking of air around your house. When you have this list, make sure you’re using the appropriate materials to seal these cracks, such as caulk or weather-stripping.
Take a look at your central heating
Sometimes the machinery that operates the central heating in your home is massively outdated. If this is the case, you may want to think about updating to a newer model. A grundfos pump is a quality pump and a stellar choice for any setting (whether it be domestic, commercial or industrial), and are proven to save you much more money than you invest after a few years of purchasing.
A recent project undertaken Grundfos saved a hospital Brussels an estimated 65,000 euros a year in wasted energy by replacing over 200 of their old pumps with new ones.
Often it’s your own habits that cost you the most money. Just think to yourself: am I doing enough to save energy around my home? It might be things you won’t even pay a second though to, such as, leaving the light on in the hall when you’re not using that room or leaving an appliance plugged in and switched when you’ll rarely use it. Here are some more helpful tips for adjusting your own behavior around the house.
Inspect those lights
Lighting in your home is barely given a second thought, however, it’s actually responsible for 10% of your energy bills. While we have discussed turning them off when not in use, you can also add further efficiency to them by swapping the bulbs for something more economic. LED (Light Emitting Diode) or CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lamp) bulbs are proven to reduce the energy needed to light your rooms and will save you a ton of money in the process for a fraction of the price.
Think about renewable energy
With so much of a push towards renewable energy today, you may want to be ahead of the curb before it becomes mandatory, and we suspect it probably will soon. Renewable energy technology such as solar panels, which enable you to generate your own energy and save you a substantial sum on your energy bills.