5 Essential Tips to Improve Your Energy Efficiency

Published: 20 Oct 2023 ・ Read time: 4 mins
In today's world, being more conscious of how and when we use our energy at home has never been more important, with the average household producing around 2.7 tonnes of CO2 every year
Making a small change in how we go about our day-to-day can make a big difference in how we can become more energy efficient…
It not only makes for an eco-friendly household,which is cheaper to run, but will also help to lower your carbon footprint at the same time.
Our energy efficiency experts have compiled an essential guide on simple fail-proof methods on how you can improve your energy efficiency in your home.

1. Install Lagging on Pipes

Installing foam lagging on piping has many advantages…
Foam lagging will not only protect exposed pipework from corrosion but is a simple yet effective method for reducing heat loss in your property - improving the overall efficiency of your home.
Foam lagging will slot over your existing pipework, which can be kept in place using insulation tape. In the winter months, cold water pipes could be susceptible to getting frozen, especially if they are exposed to low temperatures.
Installing lagging on pipework can offer additional advantages such as:
  • Corrosion resistance - Legging will help reduce condensation forming on the inside of pipes, which can someday lead to corrosion.
  • Lower injury risk - A well-insulated pipe will keep the temperature regulated, preventing any overheating pipes from being exposed.
  • Well constructed - From a visual standpoint, lagging will tidy any pipework, keeping it clean and tidy throughout your property.
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2. Regularly Bleed your Radiators

Regularly bleeding your radiators is an easy and effective way to improve the efficiency of your heating system. You might be thinking, how does this improve efficiency?
When the air gets trapped inside your radiators, it can prevent the hot water from distributing correctly inside your radiator - this means your boiler will have to work twice as hard to heat your home. 
Having air inside your radiators is a big problem as it will not only waste energy but can also have a significant impact on heating bills.
By bleeding your radiators every so often, you will release the trapped air from inside, allowing hot water to flow freely and more efficiently through your central heating system. 
Doing this will help reduce energy consumption, improve efficiency and make your home feel warmer and more comfortable.
If you are unsure of how to bleed your radiators - check out our how-to guide here.
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3. Invest in TRVs for your Radiators

Investing in Thermostatic Radiator Valves is a great method for improving energy efficiency. By utilizing TRVs such as the Honeywell Home Kit - allows you to take control of the individual temperatures of the radiators around your home.
Controlling the temperature of individual radiators instead of relying on a central thermostat to control the entire heating system will help reduce energy waste quite significantly - which in turn will help you save money on heating bills.
Additionally, most TRVs (including Smart Radiator TRVs) can be programmed to automatically adjust the temperature based on occupancy or usage patterns, further increasing energy efficiency around your home.
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4. Properly Insulate your Loft Space

As heat rises, without any insulation in your loft space, a significant amount of heat will easily escape through the roof. Ensuring your loft is correctly insulated is an essential step for improving energy efficiency in your property.
Additionally, with the increased savings that insulation provides - loft insulation will typically pay for itself many times over in its 40-year lifecycle.
Loft insulation can also act as a shield against heat in warmer months, as it helps prevent heat from the sun from penetrating through your roof and into your home.
There are some extra benefits to be had from insulating your loft, such as:
  • Increased home Value - according to the Energy Saving Trust, a well-insulated home is more energy-efficient and therefore more valuable.
  • Improved Air Quality - as insulation can help to reduce indoor moisture from accumulating on surfaces
  • Reduced Noise pollution - Insulation can help to reduce noise by absorbing sound waves.
  • Increased Safety - In the event of a fire, insulation can help keep fires from spreading and under control.
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5. Fit a Hot Water Jacket for your Cylinder

Using a hot water jacket for your cylinder can significantly improve efficiency by helping to maintain a consistent temperature throughout the day.
Without a cylinder jacket, your hot water cylinder could lose up to three-quarters of its heat.
Cylinder jackets are generally inexpensive, and installation is a straightforward task. By making good use out of a cylinder jacket, it means that your hot water cylinder won't have to work as hard to heat the water inside.
Additionally, the hot water stored inside your cylinder will stay warm for much longer as the cylinder jacket will reduce the amount of heat loss.
If you are looking to improve your energy efficiency around your home, then why not check out our vast range of cylinder jackets available?
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The energy experts at City Plumbing are here to help you make the changes necessary for improving the efficiency of your home. 
By implementing these simple methods, you can look to make savings on your utility bills while also reducing your carbon footprint - as we get closer to our 2050 net zero target.
If you require further information, simply get in touch or contact your local City Plumbing branch.

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