Insulation is the most cost-efficient ways to save energy in your new home. Talk with a builder to see how you can insulate your home better. You can lose 25% of your home’s heat through the roof so insulating here can be an easy win. Even fitting a jacket, or stopping draughts on your hot water cylinder are some of the most cost effective ways to stop heat loss. Insulated homes will be warmer in Winter and cooler in the Summer.

Soft furnishings Hang curtains or blinds on windows and close them at dusk to keep your rooms insulated.

Check your windows Consider replacing single pane windows with more energy efficient windows such as double glazing or adding film. Add reflective panels to radiators which will bounce more of the infra-red heat rays back into your room – so less warmth gets lost through the wall.

Seal your home Sealing cracks, gaps and leaks and adding insulation can save up to 10% on home heating and cooling costs.

Feng shui It makes a difference where you put your furniture. Placing beds next to windows will be drafty. Try to block outside air drafts from doorways and don’t face a sofa directly towards a doorway. Don’t place furniture too close to radiators so that warm air can flow more easily through the room.

Lighting Change your light bulbs to LEDs.

Check your low rate times. If you are on Economy 12 tariff. Contact us to find out your low rate times and use these periods to do your energy intensive household tasks such as using the washing machine. Using electricity at low rate times is more than half price!
Set the temperature Electric heating and hot water cylinders work more economically when being properly controlled. Thermostats and programmers stop the devices using electricity unnecessarily and can assist in the use of electricity low rate times, which helps to reduce running costs.

Appliances Appliances are tested for how much energy they use. They are rated with A or A+++ being the most efficient. If you can, replace old appliances with more energy efficient ones.

Setting your fridge and freezer When you turn your fridge or freezer on for the first time, check they are set to the manufacturer's recommendation to avoid excessive cooling and wasting energy. The ideal fridge temperature is between 0°C and 5°C and freezer temperature should be at -18°C.

Switch to electric heating It could cost a home over 40% less to heat their home when they switch to electric.

A fossil-fuel boiler will cost even more to run as it loses efficiency over time. With good quality maintenance, an electric boiler will remain 100% efficient throughout its lifetime, helping you budget and save money long term. A gas or oil boiler is less efficient because of the energy lost while converting Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) or oil to valuable home heating. Electric heating is practically 100% efficient, which means that for every £1 spent, you'll receive £1 worth of heat.

Customers who switch from fossil-fuel to electric heating will also emit around 80% less carbon.

Best of luck in your new home and remember to let us know if you’re either moving into a new property or setting up a new account here.