Recently, I have become obsessed with the ideal of reducing living costs and creating a more sustainable, energy efficient home. While I found that the Internet was well-populated with like-minded and informative articles, however, what was lacking was practical advice on where to start. This was until I stumbled across Property Rescue’s energy saving graphic, which broke down the concept of energy efficiency and offered a clear insight into where I should make modifications to my property.
So, here are three of the main problems I identified and the solutions that I used to address them:
Heat Loss through the Roof of my Home
I was already familiar with the concept of loft insulation, although by owning a larger property I was not fortunate enough to have this within my home. I was staggered that so much heat was lost through a loft space; however, even accounting for the fact that heat rises once it has been emitted. I quickly hired an affordable contractor to inspect my loft space and offer a quote for insulating the roof and interior. I am reliably informed that this will prevent heat from escaping during the winter months, and that over time this should translate into huge savings.
The Loss of Energy through Cracks and Gaps
One of the most surprising aspects of my fact-finding mission was that such a large amount of energy could be lost through small cracks and drafts in windows, walls and doors. Up to 20% of all household energy is lost this way, which accounts for huge emissions and a great deal of money. To correct this, I installed draft excluders on all external doors, before using Polyfilla to negate any large, surface cracks. I also used my contractor to insulate all cavity walls, preventing heat from escaping in the longer term.
Not all Appliances are Created Equal
On a final note, I was also surprised to discover that there was such a difference between alternative types of appliance and gadgets. While I had some understanding of energy-rated appliances that were more cost-effective than others, I had no idea that there was such a difference between laptops and desktops and similar gadgets. Apparently, desktop computers consume up to 85% more energy than laptops, so I replaced the PC with a portable computer and am looking forward to savings of up to Â£20 in the next year.