Top Energy Saving Technology to Reduce Your Home Energy Bills

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Saving money often becomes a priority of homeowners around this time of year. As we edge further and further into the colder months, energy bills begin to rise. Luckily, there are a number of things that you can do to reduce the amount that you’re spending on your energy bills, such as ensuring you’re on the cheapest gas and electricity tariff available. However, we are beginning to see the use of technology in the never ending battle against the rising cost of energy.

Whether it’s a gadget that regulates your appliances, or a monitor that lets you know how much energy you are using, technology is being used in a variety of ways to tackle energy costs.

We have compiled a top 5 list of the most promising areas of development that you should consider when reducing your own energy usage to save money.

Smart Thermostats

Smart Thermostats

Smart thermostats have been making headlines this year with impressive figures showing how much they can help you save on your energy bills. From smart technology that adapts to your heating habits to remote accessing allowing you complete control from anywhere in the world, many smart thermostats are at the cutting edge of energy saving technology.

But all of these high calibre features come at a cost. It helps to view the purchase of a smart thermostat in terms of an investment. The eye watering price tag may put you off at first, but with yearly savings of over £100, it will eventually pay for itself.

What we recommend:                     Nest Thermostat

Energy Monitors

As far as technology in energy monitors go, things are kept relatively simple. The premise Energy Monitorsis to help home owners save money by providing them with real time data that informs them exactly how much energy they are using. It is then down to you as the home owner to decide how to use this information.

Home energy monitors are relatively inexpensive and easy to install, but the challenges lie in interpreting the information that you’re given and turning it into savings by modifying your attitude towards energy.

What we recommend:                   Owl Micro+

Video: Energy Efficient Technology for the Entire Building

 

Automatic Shutdown Sockets Automatic shutdown sockets

Automatic shutdown sockets are the perfect solution for any homeowners that are struggling to modify their energy habits. Using different methods, such as infrared sensors or timers, your appliances will turn off automatically when not in use, meaning that needlessly wasting electricity is a thing of the past.

This cost effective solution can be deployed throughout the house and offers an ideal solution for large busy families, meaning you no longer need to panic and question if you remembered to turn the TV off.

What we recommend:                    Energy Egg 2

Micro CHP Boilers

Combined heat and power boilers are a brand new technology to Britain that generates Micro CHP Boilerselectricity whilst you heat your home. Working on established sterling engine technology, not only will it help you save money on your energy bills by replacing your existing boiler with a much more efficient one, but it can even pay for itself with a feed-in-tariff scheme.

Depending on your heating habits, you may be on a position where you are generating more electricity than you are using. In this instance, you can sign up to a government led feed-in-tariff and sell any excess electricity back to the grid. In some cases this is enough to cover your own energy usage, which makes a CHP-boiler a good investment.

However, as you might guess with all new technology, there is still a handsome price tag attached to it.

What we recommend:                    Baxi Ecogen Micro-CHP

LED Lightbulbs

We are seeing constant progression in the domestic lighting industry, with lightbulb LED Lightbulbsmanufacturers finding increasingly effective ways for us to light our homes. LED light bulbs are leading the charge at the moment, offering home owners a low cost, 25 times longer lasting and 75% more energy efficient way to light their homes.

LED light bulbs consume far less energy than their incandescent counterparts and they come in multiple forms, which makes them the obvious choice next time you go to replace the lightbulbs in your house.   It is expected that by 2030 LED will be deployed throughout the country, but there is no reason you can’t jump on the savings early.

What we recommend:                    Ikea LEDARE LED bulb

 

There are a variety of different technology based solutions here to help people save energy around the home on a variety of budgets. One final piece of advice when investing in energy saving technology is: weigh the savings against the cost of the technology. Some of the more expensive items may seem off putting at first, but in the long run these have the biggest potential to save you some cash.

Hope you enjoyed the article written by James McAllister a domestic and small business energy expert at ukpower.co.uk. For more from James, visit him on Twitter @JaMacca01, where he can be found spouting his opinions and useful advice.

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