5 ways to spring clean your home’s energy efficiency

5 ways to spring clean your home’s energy efficiency

1. Replace your old boiler

As the days begin to brighten and the weather warms up, there’s less need for your boiler. Use this time as an opportunity to replace your old boiler with a brand new A-rated energy-efficient boiler. That way you can start saving money early and ensure that your new boiler is ready to roll when winter comes back around.

  • £s saving: Replacing an old gas boiler with an A-rated high efficiency condensing boiler could save you as much as £305 a year.

2. Use an alternative cooker

If oven-baked foods are often on your spring recipe list, switch to an A-rated cooker. A new A+ rated electric oven will consume 40% less energy than a B-rated oven.

Also try a pressure cooker as it will use much less energy than a traditional oven. Pressure cookers cost around £35-£60 and are great for cooking meats in curries, soups, casseroles or even just on their own. They are popular with people who enjoy tough cuts of meat but want to avoid the lengthy cooking time (these meats can be cooked in a pressure cooker in about 30 minutes instead of 3 hours). The drastically decreased cooking time ensures that you will use much less energy than it would take to cook the same meal by steaming, boiling, or roasting!

3. Capture the sun with solar panels

For those considering solar panels, summer is their time to shine. Using the sun’s light, solar panels will generate and supply organic electricity to your home… for free!

  • £s saving: You could save up to £135 on your annual electricity bill by installing solar panels. What’s more, if your system is eligible for the Feed-in Tariff scheme, it could generate savings of up to £770.

4. Avoid overusing water

Spring cleaning your lifestyle habits as well as your house will also have a big impact on your finances. If you can, try to turn off the shower whilst you lather up, or switch off the tap when you brush your teeth, as this will save huge amounts on your annual bills. If you struggle to monitor your water usage, consider installing a water meter to help you to avoid washing your money down the drain!

  • £s saving: If a family of four replaced one bath a week with a five-minute shower, it would save up to £20 annually on gas bills and up to £25 on water bills.

5. Double glaze your windows

If your old windows are looking worn and grubby, replace them with new PVCu double-glazed windows. Not only will this improve the interior and exterior look of your home, but it will also add security and value to your property.

  • £s saving: Draught-proofing around windows and doors could save you £160 per year.

Thanks to the energy-saving experts at Zenith Home for these tips.