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4 ways you can use less energy in your home

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best ways to cut your carbon footprint. But solar should be seen as an investment; we know that our customers are always looking for ways to recoup the costs of the installation in the best way possible. Even if you don’t have a solar installation yet, there are ways you can use less energy in the home to reduce your bills year-round. 

If you have or are thinking about getting solar panels installed, it’s always a good idea to try to optimise your home energy use because then you can sell more power back to the grid. This means more of the national grid becomes powered on renewable energy and you recover more of your installation costs at the same time. 

Here’s our guide to using less energy in your home. 

Use real-time data to help you

If you have a Glowb solar installation (or you’re thinking about getting one), then the Glowb App will make the best possible adjustments for you to optimise your overall energy savings. It shows you where you’re using the most electricity and gives you helpful tips on what you can do to use less energy in your home. 

Let’s say you pop a load of washing on every evening after you get home from work. The Glowb App connects with your inverter and lets you know that you could save money by setting your machine on a timer to start in the middle of the night when you’re asleep. 

Using real-time data to look at the energy use in your home will give you the best insights into the easiest ways to save energy and avoid buying from the grid. We know every home is different and our app collates all the data from multiple sources, so you don’t have to use several apps and get out the calculator. 

You can even see a comparison of how much you’ve saved as a result of using the Glowb App. Now that’s transparency.

Boiler tips and tricks

Many UK homes still use a gas boiler to generate heat. The efficiency of your boiler makes a difference to how much energy you use, regardless of whether it’s a combi boiler or an immersion heater. 

There are three things you can do to reduce the energy: 

1. Reduce the boiler flow

This is the temperature that water needs to be before its sent to your radiators. Most boilers automatically set this at 80 degrees. Adjust this down, and you’ll save energy and money. 

2. Reduce your water temperature

Got taps that get scorching hot while the water’s running? It’s not great for washing hands and also not great for your energy use. If you reduce your water temperature to 60 degrees, then you’ll stop your boiler needlessly working extra hard. Although we don’t recommend you set this below 60 degrees. 

3. Reduce your thermostat

Layer up in the chilly months and keep your thermostat between 18-21 degrees. If you live with the elderly or infants, you might need to keep your home a bit more snug, but for the average homeowner, 18-21 degrees is the best thermostat setting range. 

The good news is that once you adjust these settings, you don’t have the worry about them again. 

Everyday actions

Anyone who has lived with kids – or been one – knows that the home is “like Blackpool illuminations” after dark. Yet, turning out the light when you leave the room is always better than leaving it on, even if you’re coming back in a few minutes. 

Much like lights, power points and electronics should also be fully switched off to get those incremental gains of using less energy in your home. All these little actions can add up to savings. 

Love a good brew?

Many more of us are working from home than before and that means more trips to the kitchen, more kettles boiling, and more energy use. A teapot or cafitierre can save a few kettle boils for those who love a good tea or coffee during the day (and the leaves and grounds are good for the garden). 

If you do work from home, make sure you’re getting plenty of light in during the day to help warm the home and make use of blinds and curtains at sundown to keep as much warmth in as you can – especially in winter months. 

Insulating your home

Insulating your home will naturally waste less energy as there is less heat escaping. If you have chimneys, invest in a chimney balloon to make sure no heat escapes from there. Loft insulation is usually less of an upfront investment and not as disruptive to the home. 

Your windows, doors and walls are all other areas where heat can escape. Yet, these are a big investment and will cause lots of disruption. It’s probably best to consider this if you’ve got your forever home and have some new renovations planned. 

Using less energy in your home?

When you have solar panels and reduce your home energy use, you have more to sell to the grid. Our Glowb App helps you get the best price for your energy. If you also have a battery, it will look at the best time to both buy and sell so you can store cheaper energy when you need it and sell it for the best price when you don’t. 

Find out more about the glowb app here

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    “Glowb designed a solution for our home and usage that seemed more carefully thought out than other companies we got quotes from. The team were friendly and courteous and kept us in the loop, and we always felt that the guys on-site and those back at base were all determined to deliver the best outcome. It wasn’t the simplest installation, but everybody’s attitude, professionalism and expertise made it as stress-free for us as it could possibly have been”.

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