5 DIY Tips to Improve the Efficiency of Your Home 

Before the grind of a new cycle of online meetings and clock-chasing school runs begins, why not make the most of some much-needed down time to tackle small yet meaningful DIY jobs around your home? The following small changes can make a significant difference to the monthly running costs of your home.

1. See the light

A common inclusion in new home and office builds, advancements in light-emitting diode (LED) technology has seen this vastly more efficient solution compared with a traditional incandescent-based arrangement become altogether more accessible in any number of applications. Mimicked by the headlamps on your car and the lighting within your home appliances, a timely switch to LED illumination throughout your home can realise up to 80% saving in terms of energy efficiency. Available in a broad selection of temperature-linked hues, an LED bulb can also last up to 25-times longer than an equivalent-output incandescent item.

2. Get with the programme

We’re used to various Apps and online calendars sending us reminders of everything from meetings to gym schedules, so why not trust the running of your home’s efficiencies to similar technology? From an alarm system accessed via a mobile phone App to the considered timing around the operation of your geyser’s thermostat, any number of modern systems and innovations exist that are designed to take the guesswork out of managing the lighting, heating and, indeed, potential cooling of your home.

More broadly, the installation of a modern home energy monitor provides an interactive opportunity for the whole family to see where small changes in daily routines and habits can make a difference when it comes to savings.

3. Sealed with love

Every home requires a certain amount of timely maintenance in order to offer optimal levels of protection against the elements. While this includes the integrity of the roof and various small checks to ensure that all pipes and drains remain free flowing, it’s a good idea to monitor the condition of the seals and closing mechanisms on all doors and windows. Besides safeguarding against damp and unwelcome noise infiltration, a well-sealed window will also both lock-in pre-conditioned inside temperatures, while preventing outside air that may alter the home’s harmony from entering.

4. Trapdoor travel

While the reconditioning of the respective in-roof material used to line the ceiling of your home is likely a larger job that you may anticipate, it’s a good idea to check the condition of both your geyser blanket and the material coating surrounding the pipes leading to and from this necessary household item. An optimally insulated geyser system will be able to maintain the heat of the water within for longer, meaning less energy is required to bring this back up to the kinds of temperatures required for bath and shower time. On this note, look to lock this maximum temperature to below 60-degrees Celsius via a programmable thermostat monitor.

5. Consider solar

While a basic, geyser-based solar PV system is currently considered within the planning stages of most modern home builds, the potential gains in efficiency available via the harnessing the power of the sun range from supplementing the heating of bath and swimming pool water to, indeed, being altogether less reliant on the workings of a national power supply.

Established in 2001, Rentech is perfectly poised to offer expert advice to assist customers in choosing the best solar PV product solutions, appropriate for specific applications and requirements.