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It is a known fact that making a property more energy efficient is not only good for the environment, it can save you hundreds of pounds on your annual spend into the bargain!

With a view to helping our customers reduce their energy bills, GTS has carried out a general survey, investigating which areas, energy is typically wasted in the average household. Moving forward, we will pinpoint where to invest (and save) in order to benefit you in the long term on your utility bills etc!

Heating and Cooling :

Of course one of the largest sources of energy used comes from heating and cooling a British home. Whilst more is spent on the heating, due in part to our wonderful British climate, we would bet that you have contemplated nipping out to buy an oscillating a fan at least once to help with the unusual 30 degree temperatures we have recently enjoyed.

Installing a modern efficient thermostat will not only help regulate the temperature of your home, it can also pick up behavioural patterns too! Consequently, if you are going to invest in extra insulation, it would be a wise move to install some technology too, to help reduce energy demand when you are at optimum temperature, affording maximum savings on your energy bills.

It is also worth noting, small adjustments such as, a check on leaky ducts – a regular clean or change of air filters and replacing old radiator or air con units with an energy-efficient model, can pay dividends, particularly if your heating and cooling systems are more than 10 years old!

Insulation :

Studies show that less than 20% of homes built before 1980 are correctly insulated. The cheapest way to reduce energy waste is to actually add extra insulation in the loft & walls of your home. Such a change not only reduces your energy loss but it can actually add value to your home with an estimated 95% return on investment!

Windows :

Todays modern materials not only enable us to create windows which can efficiently reduce heat loss, but can equally deflect heat during warmer months; a crucial additional layer of insulation, when looking to reduce fuel consumption. Studies have shown that triple pane low-e insulated frame windows can save 33% of the heating cost for the average UK home. Equally, in hotter environs, double-pane low solar-gain windows can reduce cooling costs by 32%! Finally, a tastefully selected style of window will also improve the aesthetic look of your property! Double whammy!

Lighting :

Correct lighting can enrich and enhance any scene; however with as much as 10% of energy consumption going towards lighting, it is strongly recommended upgrading your bulbs to LED lights to make a significant annual saving.

Wherever possible using natural light during the day is recommended and of course, turning off those lights when you leave the room is a great habit to get into – if this is an issue in your household (or more likely an issue for your children) why not install a motion detector system. Certainly a worthwhile upgrade when looking at the bigger picture.

Appliances :

One of the major culprits in appliance energy wastage is your refrigerator, especially the older models, accounting for some 15% of the energy bill alone! That vintage fridge may not be your only problem as its location could also be hiking up the energy bill. Does your fridge have adequate airflow? It is one of the main location issues for optimal function.

Shall we now tackle the elephant in the room? The tumble dryer….. the energy consumption of which is actually eye watering! Maybe it is time to invest in a washing line and keep an eye on the weather. This is a far more eco friendly alternative and something that should be seriously considered in order to save energy at home.

Boiler Upgrades :

Ok let´s close with the big one….. 55-60% of an average homes’ energy each year is consumed in boiler energy. It goes without saying that if you have an old boiler – it is maybe time to invest and upgrade to a modern A-rated highly efficient, condensing gas boiler! Add to this efficient room thermostats and full controls and you could easily save yourself up to £500 a year! This will also cut your homes carbon dioxide emissions too! Win Win

Finally, a couple of final GTS top-tips ……

  • Take your devices off of ‘stand-by’ mode it could save you £30 per annum
  • Do not over fill your kettles
  • Cut out one wash load a week (another £30 annually)

Do not hesitate to call those friendly guys at GTS for a bit of help with your Windows, Doors and those building projects that are going to help reduce your annual energy spend!Jump onto our webpage for a simple free and easy to use quotation system.

More information can be found at www.glazingtradesupplies.co.uk

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