For many Brits, March-May is the perfect time of year to carry out a spring clean, but this doesn’t have to stop with a bit of polish and a dustpan & brush. Adding energy efficient home improvements will not only freshen up your home in time for the summer sun, but it also can increase the value of your property and cut down your energy bills. Not to mention you will be doing your bit for the environment!
Here, www.zenithhome.co.uk the energy saving experts, have put together some simple tips to help you to take your annual spring clean to the next level:
Replace Your Old Boiler
As the days are beginning to brighten and the weather is starting to warm 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.
Replacing an old gas boiler with an A-rated high efficiency condensing boiler could save you as much as £305 a year*
Use an Alternative Cooker
If oven baked foods are often on your spring recipe list, switch to an A Rated cooker. Try a solar box cooker or a pressure cooker as they will use much less energy than a traditional oven when you’re making homemade quiche and strawberry & rhubarb pie. Delicious, low cost food – what could be better?
*A new A+ rated electric oven will consume 40% less energy than a B rated oven
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!
*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
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, we would suggest installing a water meter as this will help you to avoid washing your money down the drain!
*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
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.
*Draught-proofing around windows and doors could save you £160 per year
For more information, please visit: www.zenithhome.co.uk