Never before has there been such a focus on reducing energy consumption within the home.
Striking the balance between living comfortably and protecting the environment is challenging, particularly when household budgets are becoming tighter.
Households across the UK should also be looking at ways to reduce energy consumption, but what are the incentives?
1. Protects the environment
The impact of fossil fuels, such as coal, oil and gas, on the environment has been well documented. And despite generating energy from alternative sources such as solar, wind or hydro, CO2 emissions remains a hot topic for the government.
In fact, simply using energy efficient appliances means we can still live comfortably whilst using less energy. According to the Energy Saving Trust, households in the UK could contribute to saving approximately 6.7 million tonnes of CO2 by installing an A-rated condensing boiler.
2. Saves you money
Many households are struggling to keep up with the rise of energy costs, or may be concerned that rising costs will affect them in the near future. They may even avoid heating their homes every day, or reduce their use of electrical appliances just to keep the energy bills down. However, we don’t need to sacrifice our way of life if we choose our appliances carefully.
Installing an energy-efficient unit, such as an A-rated boiler, can supply the same amount of heat and hot water whilst consuming less energy, and can also reduce your total energy costs.
To reduce your energy bill you can also choose to seal windows or install new wall insulation.
Solar panels provide another way to heat your home or have access to hot water which relies mostly on a natural renewable energy source. This benefits the environment by reducing your carbon monoxide emissions.
However, this heavily depends on your location and if lack of sunshine is a problem then an alternative is to install a heat pump. Both ground source and air source pumps work to extract heat and convert it into a fluid which is then compressed to increase the temperature.
No matter what time of year it is you’ll have a constant source of energy which lowers carbon emissions and means less reliance on fossil fuels.
In conclusion, taking a proactive stance to making your home energy-efficient can not only prevent harm to them environment but save you money on your energy bills.