Energy-Saving Myths – Fact or Fiction?

The recent energy price increases has resulted in many households looking to reduce the amount of energy their house consumes.

The first step in reducing energy consumption is to find out how energy efficient your home is. An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) assessment uses several factors to give your home an energy rating and suggest areas for improvement.

You may already be looking for ways to reduce energy consumption and derive strategies. However, depending on whose advice you take, certain strategies may be ineffective if not thought out correctly, and some are outright myths.

So, let’s take a look at whether the most common strategies work, to save you time, effort, and money.

1) Turn off hot water when not in use

This practice won’t reduce your energy consumption. The best way to combat wasting hot water is to ensure that your hot water tank is fitted with a high-quality jacket to insulate the tank and prevent heat from escaping.

2) Using reflective panels behind the radiator

Installing reflective panels behind radiators to reflect heat into a room, sounds great on paper. However, if you intend to use them on the inside walls of your home, it won’t have any impact on preventing heat from escaping.

Instead, this method is better suited if your radiator is located on an outside wall as it can prevent some heat from escaping. It’s important to use a material that’s designed for this purpose as other materials could pose a risk of fire, or simply melt due to the heat.

3) Getting carpets fitted, and closing curtains

Fitting carpets and keeping curtains drawn is a good way to add another layer of insulation to a home. Carpets can help insulate the floor and curtains can reduce draughts and prevent heat from escaping. Therefore, it would be wise to use this strategy for the rooms you spend the most time in so you don’t have to fork out a huge sum of money having your entire home carpet fitted.

4) Placing a sponge in the letterbox, or using cling film around the windows

It’s a good idea to reduce draughts around your home; however, using the correct material is crucial. Cling film around the window is time-consuming and not as effective as other materials. There is specific draught-proofing material available for doors and windows which are more effective than the DIY approach.

It’s also extremely helpful to double, or triple glaze your windows, so you won’t lose as much heat and therefore, reduce your energy usage and save money.