Always dreamed of living in an eco-home? Below are our TOP 10 tips for reducing your energy bills and making your home more environmentally friendly.
(1) LED lighting
LED lamps are far more ‘eco-friendly’ than their halogen equivalents. LED lamps require less electricity, and therefore less fossil fuels need to be burned in order to light your home. In addition, LED lights are free of many of the toxic chemicals which can be found in traditional light bulbs and lighting tubes and are therefore pose a lower risk to the environment and can be fully recycled.
LED lamps convert electrical energy to light more efficiently, which means that your electricity bills will be substantially lower if you upgrade all of your halogen lamps to LEDs. For example, a 50W halogen light bulb, costs in the region of £15.00 per year to run, in terms of electricity consumption, compared to only £1.00 – £1.50 for an LED equivalent. The cost saving in upgrading to LEDs is therefore considerable.
(2) Induction hobs
These ultra-modern hobs transfer heat, from source to pot, via a process called induction, which is a much more efficient energy transfer mechanism than radiation, the heat transfer mechanism used by traditional hobs. While induction hobs are more expensive to buy, and only work with compatible pots and pans, it is estimated that they are 30% more energy efficient and cheaper to run than non-induction electric hobs and 45% more energy efficient (but not necessarily cheaper) than gas hobs.
(3) Gota Dishwasher
The Gota Dishwasher is a counter-top dishwasher which cleans dishes using steam generated by boiling recycled water, i.e. the same water which was used to clean your last load of dishes. While this appliance is too small, in its current form, to be a viable replacement to the under-counter dishwasher, nevertheless we have included this product in this Top 10 listing because it is exceptionally clever and, hopefully, is the start of a revolution towards more ecologically friendly electrical appliances.
(4) PV (Solar) panels
Solar panels produce 77.5% less CO2 per kilowatt-hour of electricity than power plants and can save homeowners in the UK up to 50% on their energy bills. In addition, the Government will pay you for any electricity which you produce and do not use in your home. While the initial cost of a solar panel ‘PV’ installation my set you back several thousands of pounds, it does not take long to recoup these costs from the energy savings which you will experience.
Contact us today on 0207 06 06 06 1 to get a free, no-obligation quotation to install a solar panel system in your home.
(5) Energy monitor
An energy monitor is a device which is installed at the origin of your supply to measure the energy consumption of your home. These clever devices reveal which of your home’s appliances are drawing the most power and can help you to mange your electricity usage. Leading manufacturers of these products claim that their customers enjoy energy savings of up to 30%.
(6) Regular PAT testing
Portable Appliance Testing (‘PAT’) of domestic electronic appliances can identify potentially dangerous faults before they cause electric shocks or house fires. PAT testing also identifies electronic appliances which are drawing more current than they ought to be, which is often the sign of a latent, internal fault.
Prime Electricians offers a surprisingly affordable annual PAT testing service for homeowners and commercial clients. Call us on 0207 06 06 06 1 to get a quote, today.
(7) Wifi Controllable Fused Spurs
One way to improve the energy efficiency of your home is to install devices which give you more control over when your appliances and lights are turned on and off.
These hardwired fused switches replace any existing isolator in your home, giving you instant control over your appliances. These devices contain also contain a fuse holder so you can also use them to control any device which you would normally plug in to a power socket; simply cut off the plug and have your electrician wire the cable directly into the spur. The configuration options are sublime, and so long as you have a decent WiFi connection in your home, these switches are very reliable.
We often install these in our client’s gardens to control outdoor lighting circuits. Once the programme has been set up, it will turn your lights or appliance on and off, as instructed, and will automatically adjust the programme to account for daylight savings. If you want your lights to come on or off outside of the scheduled programme, then you can simply use your mobile phone as a manual remote control.
(8) Upgrade your appliances to ones rated A – A+++
Some electrical appliances are more energy efficient than others. One way to make your home more environmentally friendly is to upgrade your energy hungry appliances with ones with a high energy rating (A – A+++). Washing machines, fridges, freezers and dishwashers are all devices which can vary considerably in terms of their energy efficiency. At Prime Electricians we take our environmental responsibilities very seriously, and will only ever recommend the installation of appliances with a ‘A’ rating or higher.
(9) Instant hot water taps
These bits of kit will set you back anywhere from £400 – £700, depending upon the brand and model you purchase, and will take up a bit of room in the cupboard underneath your kitchen sink. However, they dispense with the need for a kettle, free up valuable counter-top space, and expedite the making of hot beverages and the cooking of pasta, vegetables, rice or anything else which requires you to bring a pot of water to the boil. Delicate vegetables such as asparagus, spinach and French beans can actually be cooked simply by holding a colander underneath the hot water stream for a few seconds.
Arguably, they save energy because they only heat the water you actually use, as opposed to heating a kettle full of water, to make a single cup of tea or coffee.
(10) Smart learning thermostats
Modern ‘smart’ thermostats not only give you increased control over your central heating but actually learn your daily routines, to ensure that energy is not expended in heating your home when it is unoccupied. The Nest thermostat even encourages energy-saving choices by awarding “Leaf” badges and providing easy tips in its monthly energy reports for achieving even bigger energy (and financial) savings.
If you would like a quote for the installation of any of the products described above, please don’t hesitate to call us on 0207 06 06 06 1.