In a survey of 4,000 Brits commissioned by Smart Energy GB, it was revealed that the key
motivation for making our homes greener is to help the environment, said 71 per cent of
respondents, and an equal 71 per cent stated it was to save money.
On 6 October, Homebase, in partnership with Smart Energy GB, launched ‘The Green Aisle’ in 137
of their stores nationwide to showcase home improvement products in one place, including
information on how to get a smart meter from your energy supplier, which will help make homes
greener and winter-ready.
We wanted to take a look at some top tips for energy saving to make your home greener!
If you look around your home and find there’s a draught around any doors and windows, you’re
losing heat through them too. Draught excluders can make a huge difference and are inexpensive
to buy, and very easy to make if you wanted to put your craft skills to the test. Don’t forget to check
around letterboxes or cat flaps for draughts too.
Insulating your home properly is very important, and the first place you should check is your loft. If
it doesn’t appear to be insulated, then get some advice on lagging it and how best to go about it.
The Government’s Green Homes Grant scheme does cover insulation – such as solid wall
insulation, cavity wall insulation and loft insulation.
Get a smart meter installed
It is easy to speak to your energy supplier and ask about getting a smart meter installed. A smart
meter will allow you to better manage your energy consumption and help identify any problem
areas where you are using a lot of energy.
They will also help to upgrade the UK’s energy system to one that can help tackle climate change
and meet our net-zero targets.
Replacing all your white goods is expensive and inefficient, especially if they are still in good
working order. But when it does come time to replace them, always check the energy ratings on
them, from A+++ for the most efficient, to G for the least efficient. The best efficiency rating is not
only good for the environment but using less energy means it’s good for your pocket too.
You can also use your existing white goods more efficiently, for example doing a full wash instead
of a half load, and washing on a cool cycle.
Replace old lightbulbs with energy-efficient LED bulbs. They are more expensive to buy at first, but
they will save you money on your electricity bills, as they are much cheaper to run, and they will
rarely ever need replacing. They are available in a number of fittings and styles to suit every room
and need in the home.
Windows and doors
Energy-efficient doors and double, or even triple, glazed windows make a huge difference to stop
heat escaping, save money and are eligible within the Government’s Green Homes Grant Scheme.
If you need home improvement companies in Hampshire to help make your home greener, talk to