HOW TO: Top energy-saving tips for your home – expert advice from builder Crest Nicholson







With the current cost of living crisis still looming large, keeping energy bills as low as possible is on everyone’s mind. In the midst of this pressing need to reduce and be more energy efficient, home builders federation research found that a new home is 59% cheaper to heat than older equivalents, resulting in cost savings of £395 over 12 months.

In addition to opting for new construction, there are simple and practical ways for homeowners to take matters into their own hands, making small changes and subtle changes in their lifestyle and daily habits to reduce fuel consumption. energy and costs. Mark Kershaw, sustainability group leader at an award-winning homebuilder Nicholson Ridgeshares her advice on how homeowners can feel more in control of their household finances, while leading a low-carbon lifestyle.

  1. Watch your consumption – As the saying goes, what gets measured gets managed. Installing a smart meter with a home energy display is a great way to give homeowners much-needed real-time control and monitoring of their energy usage. Consumers can track their energy expenditure and adjust their behavior as needed, saving money. This transparency also means that there should be no surprises when submitting your energy bill; you can say goodbye to often inaccurate estimates in favor of accurate billing.
  1. Wash at lower temperatures and only do full loads – Most of the energy consumed by a washing machine is used to heat the water. Opting for lower temperatures when washing your clothes (like 30°C or less) and choosing “eco” settings for your dishwasher can therefore lower bills and is better for the environment. Ensuring your cycles are full helps further limit unnecessary water and electricity consumption. If you cannot avoid a half load, use a half load setting if available on your machine.
  1. Increase the productivity of your devices – There are several quick fixes when it comes to increasing the productivity of devices, ensuring they don’t have to work harder and/or longer to get the job done. For example, be sure to regularly clean your washing machine and dishwasher filters and run maintenance cycles to keep them performing at their best. Elsewhere, bleeding your radiators, regularly defrosting your freezer and checking that fridge doors are properly sealed will help improve the efficiency of the respective appliances so that they don’t use unnecessary energy. It will also reduce their running costs.
  1. Make the most of the outdoors – With the summer months approaching, this is the perfect opportunity to cut tumble dryer costs by hanging your laundry outside. You can easily go through three wash loads on a hot summer day. Even when the weather isn’t conducive to drying, choosing to hang your clothes on a drying rack indoors can also reduce energy bills.
  1. Control your thermostat – Heating and hot water make up a significant proportion of a home’s energy bills and make up the largest proportion of UK household carbon emissions. Needless to say, turning down the temperature of your home’s heating can save you money. Although the prospect of a cold house is not appealing, even a one degree difference can save you money. You can try lowering the temperature 1°C at a time to feel comfortable. The World Health Organization notes that for the general population, 18°C ​​is a safe and well-balanced indoor temperature. Crest Nicholson’s new home types have been meticulously designed to improve the home’s thermal efficiency and ability to retain heat, reducing the energy needed to keep a home warm.
  1. Manage bathroom water – There are many possibilities to reduce the water used in the bathroom. This is particularly important with large parts of England under water stress. You can avoid drips (according to water.org.uk, a dripping tap can waste over 5,000 liters a year!), turn off the tap when you brush your teeth, invest in an efficient shower head, reduce the temperature your shower and choose a dual flush toilet. Using less hot water will also reduce your energy consumption and associated bills.
  1. Be smart in the kitchen – The kitchen is another source of unnecessary waste – but there are many little habits you can rethink. For example, an electric kettle uses a lot of energy – only fill it with the amount of water you need to make your brew. Other simple actions include putting lids on pans to retain heat, cooking in batches to reduce your overall cooking time, defrosting your food naturally, and paying attention to how long it takes to preheat your oven – it’s not maybe not as long as you think. !
  1. Get the most out of your energy efficient appliances – One of the benefits of buying a new home is that it comes with newer appliances that have much better efficiency ratings compared to their predecessors. All Crest Nicholson homes are equipped with energy-efficient appliances as well as LED bulbs that last longer than halogens, saving homeowners long-term savings.
  1. Turn off lights and appliances at the outlet – Perhaps one of the most obvious actions is to turn off devices on the wall whenever possible and turn off lights when not in use. The electricity used by appliances in standby mode is called “phantom load” and although it probably only consumes small amounts of energy, it can add to the growing number of appliances in our homes.

To learn more about the new homes on offer at Crest Nicholson, please visit: www.crestnicholson.com

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