Five Ways To Manage the Energy Crisis At Home

As energy prices continue to rise in response to the global energy and political climate, home owners are looking for ways to manage challenging costs and efficiently manage their energy usage. 

Whether you're looking to make your home more energy-efficient or find new ways to save on your utility bills, there are plenty of options available. Here are five sensible ways to go about managing the energy crisis in your home and in your local community.

Understand the Efficiency of Your Home 

It is understood that homes lose heat in cold temperatures, but many don't necessarily know where that heat is going, or how. By understanding the structure of your home, you can determine exactly how energy efficient it is. 

There are calculations you can perform on the fabric of your building to help address where the heat and energy loss is coming from. For example, if you have a brick house, you can calculate the U-value of the bricks to determine how much heat is being lost through the walls. 

Once you know where heat is being lost, you can take steps to address the problem. For example, you might add insulation to the walls or install double-glazed windows.

Analyse Your Own Energy Usage

In order to get a better understanding of your own energy usage, analyse your electricity and gas consumption for a month. 

You may find, for example, that you use more electricity than gas, and that your peak usage times are in the morning or evening. Daily activities, such as using the washing machine and tumble dryer, are typically more energy intensive than others. 

From this analysis, you will develop a better understanding of the balance of energy costs in your home. This will help you to manage your energy usage more efficiently, both financially and environmentally.

Do Your Research

Homeowners across the country are looking for ways to save energy and lower their utility bills. Many are turning to energy efficient solutions, such as solar panels and insulation. 

While these measures can be effective, they can also be expensive. As a result, it's important to do your research before making any decisions. This is especially important now, as the energy crisis has spawned a dramatic increase in scams and fraud. 

Make sure to only source new solutions from trusted providers. FOr example, external wall insulation products should be BBA certified and recognised as suitable for use by the NSAI and NHBC. 

Switch off Appliances When Not In Use

It’s an old, familiar message, however the new normal of home working makes it a timely reminder. 

Home working has increased our reliance on energy intensive appliances. When these appliances are used inefficiently, it causes an increase in the cost of living. In order to keep these costs down, it is important to make sure that all appliances are turned off when they are not in use. 

This includes turning off lights when you leave a room, unplugging appliances when they are not in use, and making sure that the thermostat is set at a comfortable temperature. By taking these simple steps, you can help to reduce your energy consumption and save money on your monthly bills.

Join the Discussion in the Community

The energy crisis is a global concern that affects us all. However, so does the improvement of energy efficient measures in the home. The faster we share best practices and support, the quicker the overall cost of living can become more manageable. 

Get involved in local discussions, in your community or online, especially in multifamily residences. One small change in your home can have a huge impact on many more, if knowledge is shared. 

To get started in managing energy efficiency in your home, why not start with a U Value calculation? Contact us to get started.

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