Save Energy When You Move Home
Moving house gives you the perfect opportunity to overhaul the way you consume energy. It’s a fresh start, allowing you to rethink the whole thing, resulting in lower bills and less waste. Given how pricey moving can be, cutting down expenses is not a bad thing, and saving energy is one way you can easily achieve this. So how do you go about the hands-on way of applying this?
In this blog, we’ll go through some of the key steps you need to take when making your new home greener. You’ll know the main areas of improvement and how they affect carbon output and other environmental considerations. Additionally, you’ll be booking Surrey’s greener removal provider if you choose WH Cox & Son as your moving company.
Energy Awareness for Greener Homes –
You may hear the term greener homes or offices, but what does it mean? The answer generally refers to improving practices that were previously unsound and damaging to the environment. Think of things like trading in a gas-guzzling four-by-four for a more fuel-efficient hybrid car, and you’re in the right territory.
We won’t be able to solve climate change on our own, and some might question how much impact one person can have. There’s always power in the collective, and if lots of us make a few alterations to our habits, it’ll make a difference. Not only that, but these types of decisions also tend to be contagious, with those we know following our lead and then applying it to their lives.
The WH Cox & Son team are all enthusiastic participants in greener removals and Surrey. We want a better future for our family and friends, especially for future generations. The hard work is already underway, and we’re doing our part in informing and being proactive. Let’s begin by looking at the vital roles insulation and a decent boiler play for energy consumption.
Insulation & Boiler Advice –
One of the aspects of energy waste that needs more discussion is the huge amounts of heat we lose in our homes. The heat rises and then finds its way out of your roof and into the outside world. The estimate is that as much as a quarter of a property’s heat is squandered this way. The solution is better insulation. Once it’s in place in your roof and/or attic space, you’ll keep warm at much less expense.
There can be no better time to make sure you’ve got an A-rated boiler than when you’re moving. Hot water and heating count for a large chunk of your overall fuel spending, at roughly half of the total. And with the right boiler, your bills could go down by several hundred pounds a year.
A good boiler should let you confine the heat to the specific areas of your house where you want it. Then you can program it so that the heating comes on and goes off at specific times. You should also be able to set different temperatures for different areas of the home.
Moving to a new house also gives you a perfect chance to get up to date with smart heating controls, allowing you to oversee heating remotely with a phone app. This means that no matter where you are, you can manage your home’s temperature.
Replace with Light-Emitting Diodes –
LEDs (Light-emitting Diodes) are the most energy-efficient way of lighting your home. They use less electricity and last longer than the average incandescent lightbulb while being sufficiently bright. An incandescent bulb will typically last between 750 – 2,000 hours. In comparison, an LED bulb has the ability to produce light for between 35,000 – 50,000 hours. That’s quite an astonishing feat, and it’s obvious why this is more efficient.
It’s worth pointing out that quality matters when measuring the lifespan of an LED lightbulb. Cheaper options may only give you approximately 5,000 hours. However, that’s still over double the timespan from a filament option. That’s going to save you money in replacements, as well as a reduction in waste or recycling.
LEDs are more reliable due mainly to the lack of elements. There’s no filament or other components that can dislodge or burn out. This is why LEDs work perfectly in colder temperatures, whereas incandescent bulbs are prone to shorting out and exploding during sudden environmental changes. You’ll likely notice no loading period when using an LED light – it simply turns on and off.
Smarter Electricity Usage –
It’s worth improving your thermostat awareness to make savings and improve your carbon output. By turning your thermostat down by one degree, you could reduce your monthly bills by 10 percent. And in the recent hikes in energy rates this could make a significant difference to your outgoings. It will also improve your carbon footprint.
At times, we’re all guilty of leaving an appliance or light on when it’s not in use. If you are more thoughtful and vigilant, you’ll be able to reduce your energy consumption just by switching appliances off. Remember to do this for any lights when you leave the room you’re in for the same reason. As per our previous section, also buy LED bulbs instead of incandescent when they run out.
And remember – a TV or computer that’s on standby is still on, meaning electricity is still flowing. To turn this off, it needs to be at the electrical point, which is the socket. If you have small children, ensure you put socket safety plug covers. If you’re thinking of ways to get everyone on board, why not have a reward system for your energy-savers? A small treat for smart energy usage would make it fun and help the cause.
Old-School Energy Efficiency and Waste Disposal –
Old-school energy efficiency is something we could all consider more. It sounds obvious, but many of us overlook the cost-free ways at our disposal for staying comfortable in different seasons. In winter, this means putting on more layers before considering whether to turn up the heat. In summer, rather than using air-conditioning units, it’s a case of keeping windows open, curtains closed and using free-standing fans.
We can also apply it to things like waste disposal and recycling efforts. Luckily, Surrey has plenty of recycling points and council-led initiatives to make this straightforward. Additionally, you’ll find upcycling collectives who will repurpose your items into things like alternative furniture. And because you’re not contributing to the landfill, it helps your carbon profile as well.
When we take all the points in this article, there’s one when we’re in complete control, and that’s waste. Whether we’re trying to reduce the heating we use or turn appliances off at the plug, it’s our responsibility. Yes, there’s a massive need for corporate Britain to take the lead when it comes to carbon emissions, but this is a topic we don’t need anyone else to take action on beforehand.
WH Cox & Son – Your Environmentally Aware Moving Company –
There’s one thing you can rely on if you’re looking for a greener removal and storage company in Surrey. WH Cox & Son has environmental protocols in place, which includes repurpose and reuse of materials. When we have boxes that can be reused or be given a new purpose, we’ll utilise them. Additionally, we have a recycling policy in our branch, and we undertake regular runs to local charities.
We believe that all acts, no matter how small, add up to a bigger picture. The Surrey community will play an active part in the improvements necessary to move towards net-zero carbon emissions. Efficiency is a major aspect of our greener removal’s strategy, and we plan all relocations in detail. This means fewer carbon emissions for every move we sign up for.
It’s possible to continue improving your carbon footprint by using a greener removal company. Click here, and we’ll provide you with a free quote for the most energy-efficient relocation.