I’ve got into the habit recently of using old and repurposing it as new, and it’s a great idea to get into that renewable state of mind. Perhaps you’re using old wood to make new items for around the house or trying to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. But using old materials, and living a more rustic life, especially in terms of our home, we can miss out on some of the modern benefits. If you live in an old, drafty home that loses a lot of energy, therefore it’s going to cost you more to heat the place. So are there any simple ways for us to make our old home fare better in this respect?
Install New Windows
If you lose a lot of your heat through the windows, especially if you’ve got single glazed panels, companies such as Lifetime Exteriors can reinstall new energy-efficient windows. The great thing about windows like these is that they are diverse and can suit any style. There are so many different designs out there, such as high-quality brands like Marvin and Millgard. If the home is looking a bit old and beaten, changing its curb appeal by installing new windows can make all the difference.
Not just in the windows, but if you’ve got an old home, gaps around the doors, the chimney, or floor, this could allow heat to escape. You can use draught-proofing products or fit a chimney draught excluder, to make the heat stay indoors. If you don’t have carpets, you can seal your skirting boards with a silicone sealant. In addition to this, if your attic isn’t insulated properly, you need to double-check that it is doing its job.
Installing Eco-Friendly Appliances
Water is one of the biggest wastes of energy. By swapping your shower head to an eco-friendly one, this will reduce your hot water use, but you won’t see the difference. Some water companies give them away for free, but they are cheap to buy anyway. In addition to this, if you’ve got an old air conditioner, you can replace it with an Energy Star model, which can reduce your cooling costs by up to 50%. As well as this, you can install compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs).
Using Your Appliances Carefully
It isn’t just about the physical aspect of the home; you can use your appliances with more savviness. Reducing the temperature of your washer-dryer can minimize energy costs, and if you use a kettle, you don’t need to fill it to the top every time. Think about your energy expenditure across the board. Using cheaper light bulbs is all well and good, but if you are trying to be a bit more eco-friendly, think about switching off lights when you’re not using them.
In one respect, it’s about being cheap, but in another way, you’ve got to make the appropriate investments into the property before you can save some money. Whether it’s CFL bulbs, sealant, insulation, or even installing new windows, these things are essential costs upfront, but they will cut our energy costs by a significant amount in the long run.