Home energy audit – save on your energy
What is an energy audit?
An energy audit is a process that helps you to identify exactly where energy is being used and lost. The aim of this is to find areas where efficiencies or replacements could be put in place to reduce energy usage.
Why have an energy audit?
Energy audits are a good way to gather detailed information about your energy use, giving you the necessary information to reduce your bills. They can potentially identify £100’s worth of savings per year in energy and heating costs so are worth carrying out. Even without physical alterations to the property, an audit can save you money by finding where habits could easily be changed to reduce consumption. Many people needlessly waste energy by leaving lights or appliances on when not in use. We have a guide about everyday energy saving tips that gives you an idea of habits that can be changed to save money.
Carrying out an energy audit
Calculate your current usage
Providing your monthly meter readings is the best way to monitor your energy usage as these can be viewed on a visual graph on My Account. If you want a further breakdown of each appliance, you can register your interest for a smart meter with us. The smart meter comes with a portable In-Home Display which can be taken around the home and used to identify exactly how much energy each appliance is using.
Areas to focus on
Heating and hot water systems are typically responsible for over half of household energy bills. This equates to an average spend of around £650 a year so they should be as efficient as possible. There are resources online that help you to calculate whether you should upgrade your boiler. A few factors need to be taken into consideration such as the cost of fitting a new boiler, the amount spent on the upkeep of your current boiler and the annual energy savings that could be made by switching.
Insulation is talked about a lot when discussing energy saving methods but did you know that it’s not just about your walls and roof? Insulation can be used in a variety of ways in the home, including behind radiators to stop heat escaping through uninsulated external walls. Areas to look out for when considering where to put insulation include your floor, hot water tank, cavity walls, pipes and radiators. Draught-proofing is an effective and inexpensive way to save energy so you should look out for draughts from windows, doorframes and floorboards. It’s also a good idea to check whether you have LED bulbs as these use up to three times less energy than standard incandescent bulbs.
Home improvement investments
So what should you do if you want to make big energy saving changes to your home? It’s a good idea to work out the payback period which is the amount of years before the initial investment is surpassed by the savings. The amount of years it will take can be found out by dividing the investment by the predicted yearly savings. You may qualify for a government grant which can help you to invest in energy efficiencies for your home.