Tips to saving energy at home

Saving Money around the Home

While the prices of gas & electricity are constantly rising, there are lots of little things that we can do around our home, and some larger things too, that will help to reduce the cost of our energy bills.

Here is a list of some of the easiest things you can do to help reduce your bills:

Turn off electrical items not being used

This could be anything from your television to your laptop charger. When you aren’t using it or when you finish with it, turn it off at the wall. Once in the morning and once in the evening ensure that you walk around your home and make sure that nothing that isn’t being used is left on.

This will soon add up over the year and can save you quite a few pounds.

Switch your light bulbs to energy-saving ones

This will have a really cheap outlay, particularly if you shop in any of the big supermarkets who seem to have frequent special offers on these light bulbs. Some of the big energy companies will even send you some of these light bulbs for free.

While receiving a little less light in darkness terms you will be very surprised by just how much you can save from something that is such a little change.

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Turn down your thermostat

If you turn your thermostat down by just one degree you probably won’t even notice the difference, except when it comes to your energy bills. You could save £’s every single month just from this small change, even more, if you turn it down just 2 or 3 degrees. Find out more.

This won’t impact on the quality of the comfort of your home but could reduce your bills significantly.

Shower instead of bathing

This is a way to save a huge amount of water every single day, particularly if you have a large household who are all willing to partake in this. You can even get the kids involved by seeing who can have the quickest shower while being deemed the cleanest by Mum or Dad.

Saving Energy

There are many fantastic ways of saving energy and these are just some of the smaller things that are going to help you save a small fortune throughout the year. This is going to be particularly important as the prices of gas and electricity continue rising year after year.

Once you get into these little habits such as turning off lights when you leave a room and turning off appliances when they aren’t in use, you will be amazed by the difference it has over a year or even just over a quarter.

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Bigger investments

There are some larger options that you can also try, mainly those which cost money, and these can be a fantastic investment for your home ensuring that you save money and that you do your bit for the environment by being more energy-efficient.

Actually 9 out of 10 appliances around your house can be turned off, thus saving you about 56 pounds a month.

Some of the best ideas include insulating your home, having double glazing fitted, triple if you won’t afford it, having solar panels fitted to the roof of your home, lining your home with thick curtains and draft excluders. Rubber roofing is also a great investment at reducing your energy costs due to how efficient it really is. It is also environmentally friendly.

You really will be amazed at the amount of money you can save by spending out initially on some of these bigger ideas. Your home will look and feel better and a good energy efficiency rating can even be an attractive selling feature these days.

At first glance, you might think the only thing you can do to upgrade your kitchen is to do a complete refit, but the smallest details can make a world of difference.

Property Maintenance

Your Bathroom Renovation

Correctly Disposing of your Waste

Throughout the bathroom renovation process, a lot of waste is going to be generated. This is from old flooring, wallpaper, plastering and even old bathtubs and sinks being thrown away. A fully licensed, insured and trusted waste collection company will be able to dispose of your rubbish in a safe and responsible manner, making the renovation process much easier.

Through our own experiences, we highly recommend Rubbish Clearance Ltd who is one of London’s leading and most trusted rubbish clearance companies. People use RCL as they lift, load and tidy all of the rubbish legally in registered dump sites.

Rubbish Clearance Ltd covers all areas of London, including Camden, Harrow and even West Ealing. View their glowing client testimonials.

Electric Showers

Where there is an insufficient supply of stored or instant hot water, an electric shower is the solution and has the advantage of being more flexible in where it is fitted – as it is not dependent on the position of the header tank – as well as being cheap and easier to fit.

Water is fed directly from the mains and passed over an electric heater, located in a copper cylinder in the wall unit, producing hot water on demand. The shower’s flow rate depends on its power and the water pressure, but unfortunately cannot be increased with the addition of a pump.

If you are dealing with any of these or similar problems, you should consider hiring a building company who is experienced and know exactly how to fix these issues for you. See recommendations.

All-Star Systems is a first-class plumbing company that works across Norfolk. Other services include boosted water systems and heating.

Common problems

Failure to regulate temperature – If you see that your thermostatic valves fail to regulate water, then you should look for dirt in the check valves. This can prevent the valves from opening.

Another problem can be that the water pipes are installed backwards. This can affect the system because the thermostatic valves have a cold and a hot side.

Failure of Hot and Cold Water to Mix the first thing you need to do is check the water pressure at the inlets. The proper mixing cannot take place if there is any obstruction, loose-fitting, or damaged line. If the showerhead is partially blocked, then this can be another problem. To solve the problem, take it off and clean it from debris.

Water is either too hot or too cold again; this can be a problem with dirt in the valves.

Another issue can be the calibration. Most of the times, the system comes with some calibration instructions. What you need to do is remove the face of the handle and there will be an adjustment screw in which you can couple with a thermometer and adjust the setting.

Low water pressure this can be a cause of the debris in the valve or even a blocked shower head. Also it can be a problem with the debris in the cartridge or a water pressure problem elsewhere.