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Building an eco-friendly home means you can live in a way that is not harmful to the environment and save money as energy prices soar across the globe, aluminum and glass experts Aluminium Windows and Doors have compiled seven improvements that could be made to your home to help save on energy bills. Implementation of the ideas down below can help reduce your monthly costs and build not just an energy-efficient home, but an environmentally friendly one as well. 

Implement energy-efficient lighting in your home. 

Energy-efficient lighting helps lower electricity bills and carbon dioxide emissions, all without reducing the quality of light in our homes. If you replace all the bulbs in your home with LED lights, you could reduce your carbon dioxide emissions by up to 40kg (50kg in NI) a year. This is equivalent to the carbon dioxide emitted by driving your car around 145 miles. According to the energy saving trust it is estimated lighting makes up 11 percent of the average UK household electricity consumption, so making the switch could help you save money too.

 Switch to a water-efficient shower head.  

A water-efficient shower head, also known as an eco-shower head, works by aerating the flow of water through the shower. This means you can use less water while still enjoying a similar shower experience. The less water you need to use to have your shower means you’ll spend less on energy. Replacing your shower head is a relatively straightforward thing to do, but you’ll need to check if the shower head is compatible with your shower. As a bonus, as well as saving on your energy bill, if you pay for your water via a water meter, cutting down the amount of water you use will save on your water bill.

Insulate your walls, floors, and roof

Add wall insulation, while this is costly it can have long-term energy-saving benefits. Check what type of walls you have to choose the right sort of insulation. Solid walls can use internal or external insulation, while cavity walls need insulation in the gap. Modern insulated walls usually don’t need upgrading. More insulation equals more structure to the wall therefore less heat is lost in your home.
Add floor insulation. Up to 15 percent of lost heat goes through the ground floor, so insulate it if possible. Suspended floors can use rigid boards, mineral wool, or spray foam insulation. Solid floors can have a layer of rigid insulation on top.
Add roof and loft insulation. Insulating the roof or loft is cost-effective and will help you save on energy bills. Most roofs can be insulated with different methods depending on whether they’re pitched or flat. 

Reconsider your glazing choice.

Energy-efficient windows come in various styles and frame materials, and their performance is determined by how well they insulate heat, allow sunlight to pass through, and prevent air leakage. They consist of two or three glass panes sealed in a frame made of materials like uPVC or wood. Double-glazed windows have two panes of glass with a 16mm gap in between, while triple-glazed windows have three glass panes and two gaps, making them better insulators in some cases. The gaps between the panes are filled with air or an inert gas and are sealed completely helping your home to stay warmer.

Switch from an oven to an air fryer.

You can save up to 75 percent on energy bills with certain air fryers. Cooking energy consumption depends on the appliance, food, and functions selected. Large ovens may use more energy to reach temperature and lose more energy when opened during cooking. Air fryers are ideal for cooking smaller meals however sizes vary and you can purchase double air fryers for bigger meals. Plug-in meters can measure energy consumption, and smart meters can estimate oven energy use.

Install a smart thermostat into your home.

Smart thermostats control home heating and can be controlled remotely via an app on your phone or tablet. They offer real-time energy consumption data and adjust heating conditions such as humidity, helping you save money. Some models can even learn from your behavior and can adjust the temperature automatically. 

Replace your boiler with a heat pump.  

Heat pumps are significantly more efficient than traditional boilers and use cleaner electricity, therefore reducing your home’s carbon footprint. A heat pump takes heat at a low temperature from the air or ground, increases that heat to a higher temperature, and transfers it into your home to provide heating and hot water. 

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