15 March 2012, under
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Home Energy Saving Tips to Help Reduce Bills
Saving energy will not only save money on bills but it will also be beneficial for the environment. There doesn't have to be radical changes in your home to bring energy usage down either.
Heating is normally the most expensive bill a homeowner has to pay because of the amount of energy used. Double glazing, loft installation or cavity wall installation will stop heat escaping from a home. In the long run, investing in any of the three will save both energy and money. Draught proofing is another relatively cheap way of saving energy by keeping the heat in a home.
Replacing an old boiler, like double glazing, can be an expensive way of saving energy but it will pay off over time. If your home is thoroughly insulated then this will make it easier to cope with having a smaller and less expensive boiler because the home will already be warmer than one which has no insulation.
More basic ways of saving energy include using environmentally friendly light bulbs. These types of bulbs aren't popular with everyone, not least because some take seconds to illuminate a room properly. This inconvenience is a small price to pay, however because these energy reducing bulbs will save a surprising amount of money over the course of a year, especially if they are installed in every room in a house.
Just changing one's habits can be a simple way of reducing energy. Having the heating on full blast, when there's a mild spring is a waste of energy. No one wants to feel cold in a home but there should also be some common sense applied. There are also some rooms in a home which won't get so much use as others, such as a sitting room used to entertain visitors. If visitors are very infrequent then some alternative type of heating should be considered such as an electric fire. That uses up a lot of energy, but not as much as heating which is on all the time.
Being flexible about saving energy can also result in saving a lot of energy. When radiators are on in a home, they should be considered for drying clothes over a tumble dryer whenever practical. Hot water should also not be wasted with an immersion heater not left on for too long once hot water has been generated.
Always look into ways of saving energy as new energy sources such as solar power, is evolving all the time. New energy sources won't suit the needs of everyone, but it is something that is worth looking into when it comes to cutting down on energy usage. It is still relatively expensive, but costs are set to decrease rapidly over the next few years.
Reducing bills through saving energy doesn't have to be a hardship but merely requires more attention to where energy is being wasted.
Article appears courtesy of: Global Home Improvements is the longest established home improvement company in Dublin and the Leinster area. They offer windows, doors, flat-roofing and roofline products. They were the first company in Dublin to be awarded the official 'Q' Mark award by Excellence Ireland Quality Association (EIQA).
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