With a huge amount of our budgets being spent on our energy bills, learning to save energy at home should be a priority. There are simple ways for you to save energy and increase your energy efficiency around the home, while also making it cosier and warmer. Here’s 5 top energy saving tips!

Upgrading your windows to save energy

At DW Windows, all of our glazed home improvements feature at least double glazed units. These can incorporated into a range of our windows, doors and living spaces – meaning your entire home can benefit from enhanced warmth, security and peace and quiet.

Double glazing insulates your home by incorporating an extra pane of glass with a pocket of argon gas between the panes which traps heat and stops it as it tries to escape your home.

This, in turn, reduces the amount you will need to use your homes heating, helping to keep your bills down. It’s been suggested that homeowners could save up to £110 a year by installing A-rated double glazing, like ours.

The multi chambered uPVC frames we use at DW Windows help to stop air from transferring from inside your home to the outside, which means more warmth is retained and you can rely less on your heating. All of our uPVC windows are made from the latest materials. This means that when fitted by our team of experts, they will enhance your home with benefits inside and out. Think better energy efficiency, more kerb appeal, great security, a warmer living space and less maintenance.

uPVC Window

Replace your old conservatory roof to save energy

If you are generally happy with your current conservatory’s performance, usability, and overall feel, you may not deem it necessary to opt for a full-scale replacement. If it’s just the roof that is causing problems, then a replacement roof could be the perfect solution for you.

If you currently have a polycarbonate roof, or an old and ineffectively glazed roof, then it is unlikely that you are experiencing the optimum thermal performance. This means your conservatory can become uncomfortably hot or cold with the changing seasons and will cost you more money in energy bills.

A market leading Eurocell Equinox tiled roof fitted by our expert installers could be the answer to making your conservatory more energy efficient. The thermal technology is so advanced that the roof is 10 times more thermally efficient than an A-rated window. This means that you won’t need to turn up your thermostat as frequently. With a tiled roof you can look forward to reduced heating bills and a smaller carbon footprint.

Alternatively, you could replace your old polycarbonate roof with an energy efficient self-cleaning glass roof. Thanks to modern technology, our conservatories offer impressive thermal performance. In fact, we use the dame frames and glazing that go into making our A+ rated windows. Enjoy natural light and open plan living at a comfortable temperature all year around.

Tiled Roof Conservatory

Draught proofing your property to save energy

During the winter, any cold draught can cause your home to lose heat. Insulate your property by sealing cracks in floors, doors, and skirting boards, hang heavy curtains and use draught excluders to keep the heat in. You should also look at the areas where heat escapes the property. Consider purchasing keyhole and letterbox covers and if there are any other opportunities for air to escape, like through a cat flap for example, then look into ways of minimising the draught where you can.

Purchase energy-efficient appliances

Upgrading your current appliances with A+++ energy rated ones can save you a lot of money on your energy bills. Finding appliances with an outstanding energy efficiency rating can be expensive, but it’s a worthwhile investment over time and you will make that money back in energy savings. For example, an A+++ rated fridge freezer could save you around £320 in energy bills over its life in comparison to a less energy efficient model.

Turn off standby appliances to save on your energy bills

You can save up to £30 a year by getting into this simple habit. If you are someone who thinks nothing of leaving the television on standby before going to bed, you could purchase timer plugs to schedule turning appliances off, or use plug sockets that you can operate via your phone.

Install a smart thermostat to help keep your energy bills down

Smart thermostats are a great way to make your homes heating more efficient as they only heat the rooms you are using. The great thing about a smart thermostat is that you can control it remotely from your phone. A smart thermostat is able to learn a household’s patterns and adjust heating and cooling according to when a home is occupied or is about to be occupied. This reduces the use of heating and systems when nobody is home for significant periods of time, saving you money on your energy bills.

Here are a few other energy saving hacks for you to take advantage of:

  • Turn down your thermostat. This can save you up to £80 a year.
  • Wash clothes at 30 degrees instead of 40 degrees to take £5 off your annual energy bill.
  • Purchase an efficient showerhead, such as a low flow one, which can save you up to £18 per person every year.
  • Compare your energy quotes because you may be paying over the odds for your utilities.

It’s not just about saving energy and money, but it’s important to ensure that your carbon footprint remains low these days as we all do our best to look after our planet. By undertaking a few of these simple practices and hacks, you are doing your bit for the environment, while also saving a significant amount on your energy bill.

If you’d like to talk to us about making energy efficient improvements to your home, contact us online, or give us a call on 0800 999 0909 and we’ll be happy to help.

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