Give your home an energy spring clean
The warmer weather is finally on its way,bringing with it longer days of glorious sunshine. As your home awakens from winter hibernation,it’s the perfect time to give your central heating system and appliances a spring clean. We’ve put together some simple tricks and tips to breathe new life into your home ahead of the summer. And they could also help you to save valuable cash next winter.
Update your central heating
Despite a rather wet introduction to spring,it will soon be time to give our central heating systems a well-deserved break. The warmer weather is the perfect time to service your boiler,or even upgrade your entire system. Many suppliers offer a range of cheap boilers during the spring and summer,which could cut your gas and electricity bills drastically next winter. If your boiler is over 10 years old,you could be eligible for the British Gas Boiler Scrappage Scheme,which offers £400 off the cost of a new boiler until 30 June.
Ditch the tumble dryer
Fresh and breezy spring days create the perfect clothes drying conditions. Dig out the washing line and turn off the tumble dryer,which uses nearly two-thirds more energy than the washing machine. Heading outside could save you around £70 a year.
Capture the sunshine
If you’re looking forward to a spot of sunbathing this summer,why not top up your energy levels as well as your tan? Solar panels convert sunlight into electricity to power your appliances,which could help to cut your energy bills by £800 each year.
If you’ve grown accustomed to the little red light on your television,you’re a victim of vampire power. We waste an average of £30 a year by leaving our appliances on standby. This spring,invest in a smart plug to automatically switch off any products that are not in use.
Despite expecting our appliances to work perfectly on every use,we often leave them out of our cleaning schedules. Vacuum refrigerator coils,scrub away oven dirt,and remove lint from around the washing machine and dishwasher.
Light up efficiently
Open the curtains to make the most of natural sunlight during the spring,and invest in energy efficient light bulbs,which last around ten times longer than traditional ones.