Electric showers are probably the biggest energy consumer that most of us have in our homes. A typical electric shower will be rated between 8 and 10 kilowatts (kW). If you’re unsure exactly what that means, switching on a 10kW shower for 1 hour will use 10 kilowatt hours of electricity (10 units). If you pay 0.12 pence per unit, that’s a running cost of £1.20 per hour. That might not sound like much, but over 30 days that’s £36 spent just on having a shower. In a household with 4 people it could cost even more. That’s likely to be a significant proportion of your energy bill.
We all know that heat rises. Therefore when you switch on your heating, most of it goes up and can easily escape through the ceiling. This means it’s important to trap as much of the heat generated by your homes heating system to prevent it from escaping. You can then turn down the thermostat (see below), and reduce the amount of energy used to heat your home.
Loft insulation is one of the simplest, cheapest and most effective ways to prevent the heat escaping and keep your home warm. Insulating the loft can save an average detached house £240 on the fuel bill and a semi-detached house will save £140.
Your heating thermostat regulates the temperature at your home. The higher it’s set, the harder your heating system has to work and the more energy you use in heating your home. The good news is that reducing the temperature setting on your thermostat by a small amount can make a big difference to the amount of energy used and the amount that you spend. According to the Energy Saving Trust, turning down your thermostat by just 1 degree can reduce heating costs by £85 per year.
LED light bulbs use between 70% and 90% less energy than regular light bulbs. They look very similar and are available in all shapes and sizes to replace your existing bulbs. Replacing a 60 watt halogen bulb with an equivalent 7 watt LED bulb will generate a saving of about £9 per year per bulb. If you replace the 14 bulbs that you would find in an average home that’s a big saving of £126.
Metal roofing is one of the fastest growing innovations of house improvement. It has proven to last in excess of 50 years, is fire resistant and has high energy efficiency values due to their abilities of keeping homes cool. The interlocked panels have high wind resistance, offering homes added protection throughout the different seasons.