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7 top tips for tenants to make your home more efficient

Despite a future grant to ease the cost of living, many Brits are struggling with the rising cost of energy and are looking for ways to keep already pricy bills down. In fact, searches for “energy saving tips” have seen a 175% increase in the past 12 months.

Property Reporter
4th July 2022
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With this in mind, experts at GTSE have revealed seven ways to help those renting make their properties more efficient. With energy-saving hacks starting from as little as £3, there are plenty of options to help improve the efficiency of your home and lower expensive bills.

1. Maximise heat from radiators

It’s worth ensuring you’re maximising the work radiators are doing to heat your home. You can do this by simply installing radiator foils behind your radiators.

Radiator foils basically work to help keep more heat in the home by reflecting the warmth back in the room, instead of escaping through the walls. This hack can cost as little as £7 and is a super easy change to make to your home for some impressive results. In fact, studies have shown that using certain types of radiator foils can save you up to £4.02 per radiator, depending on the type of property you have.

2. Reinforce your windows’ insulation

It’s important to ensure you insulate every part of your home from the attic to the windows, to the walls, doors, and floors. There are also some easy hacks to help you insulate your home from as little as £3.

Windows account for a whopping 25% of heat loss in homes, so they should be considered as a priority to well-insulate and in turn, keep homes warm through winter. Beyond opting for double glazing, you can buy window insulation kits for £3 which can help as an easy, simple way to keep more heat inside and those bills down.

3. Unique ways to reduce water consumption

Although there are plenty of basic ways to reduce water consumption just through your daily routine, such as turning off the taps when brushing your teeth or just spending less time in the shower, there are also some budget-friendly improvements you can make to your home to help reduce how much water you use.

You can invest in water-saving showerheads, prices can vary for these, but they start from around £12 per head. These low-flow heads work by simply reducing the amount of water that needs to run through the shower without dampening the water pressure. Some modern models can also reduce the amount of water needed by almost half!

These are also a great hack for those that are not on a water meter as they’re still reducing the amount of water you need to heat up, in turn reducing your energy bills.

4. Draw your curtains

Using thick, insulating curtains, and drawing them as soon as the evening comes in, can help keep the heat in, especially if you have drafty windows. Although not as budget-friendly, these types of curtains can also be picked up for about £50.

According to researchers at the University of Salford, drawing your curtains in the evening reduces heat loss by up to 17%. You can further this by choosing to use electrical tape to secure your curtains to the wall. Although this seems like more of a drastic measure, it can increase heat loss prevention up to 25% by preventing cold air from the windows coming around the curtains.

5. Draft-proof your home

Making your home airtight is one of the most important ways of keeping your home toasty warm, it’s also necessary if you have not got double glazing. Insulation tape is a great way to reinforce airtight windows or make draftier ones for efficiency. It simply sticks to the frame and expands slightly to fill any spaces.

6. Use smart power strips

Smart power strips are essentially outlet extensions that automatically stop power from going to your electronics when they’re plugged in but not in use. They can help to reduce your overall energy bill by up to 10% annually.

7. Invest in an eco-kettle

Kettles can be one of the most wasteful uses of energy, especially if you’re heating more water than what you need. However, you can find environmentally friendly kettles, which use as much as 30% less power to heat your water.

Tom Armenante, Ecommerce Director from GTSE, says: “Energy bills have reached an all-time high, and to no surprise, the majority of us are on the lookout for ways to help save some money on costly bills.

“We hope these tips provide some inspiration on just some of the ways homeowners can look to make their rental homes more efficient, with plenty of budget-friendly options also available to keep the warm in and the cold out.”

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