Five ways to save energy in your home

22 August 2017 Kingspan Group
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According to latest data from the SEAI, it is estimated that a typical dwelling in Ireland uses up to 18,600kWh per year with an approximate split of 75 percent direct fossil fuels and 25 percent electricity.
 
Alan Mackin of Kingspan Insulation explained how “fundamental issues, such as poor performing building fabric and inefficient heating systems, are the main culprits when it comes to energy waste in the home.”
 
But let’s take a look at five different ways to save energy in your home:

1. Adjust your thermostat

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Turning your thermostat down by just one degree can reduce your carbon emissions by up to 360kg. This minimal change can also save you some money and lower those dreaded heating bills. You won't even notice the difference in room temperature.
 
It’s also important that you don’t waste energy heating rooms in your house that you don’t tend to use very often, or even worse, heating your home when you aren’t there.

2. Prevent drafts

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In an average home, up to 50 percent of heat is lost through draughts. Poorly sealed building fabric adds significantly to heat loss and greatly impacts on thermal comfort. It is critical to limit this issue in new and existing buildings, but it is equally important to ensure that an adequate ventilation strategy is employed, which is ideally demand controlled or with great recovery to minimise energy wastage.
 
Fit draught excluders around doors and fill in any cracks on window frames, skirting boards or floors with a filler or sealant. This will help stop heat from getting out.

3. Turn off appliances and lighting

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Turn off any appliances you are not using, especially by switching off lights when you leave the room. Don't leave fridge or freezer doors open for longer than necessary, and don't forget that your freezer needs to be defrosted regularly for it to run efficiently.
 
Make sure you turn off all the common home appliances such as televisions or computers, rather than just letting them go into standby or sleep mode. Not only do these sleep or standby modes still use energy, but they also may harm the life expectancy of your appliance if they are constantly left in this mode.

4. Insulate

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Did you know that the largest area of heat loss in a house is through the attic?
You lose 30-35 percent of your heat through a badly insulated roof, this heat loss just in not confined to roofs though. You can lose between 25-30 percent of your heat through your walls and a further 7-10 percent can be lost through your floors.
 
A well-insulated building is cost effective, energy efficient and future proofs a structure. Alan explained: “Insulation plays a critical role in minimising energy used for heating or cooling conditioned spaces. A key advantage is that it's a one-off investment requiring no maintenance and, if employed with some foresight, will never need to be replaced for the lifetime of the building.”

5. Use energy-efficient appliances

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From light bulbs to kitchen appliances and home entertainment equipment, there are plenty of energy-efficient domestic and electrical devices now available. These energy efficient appliances can use up to 50 percent less than other models, and energy efficient save up to quarter less power.

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