As fortunate as we are to be living in an era dominated by technology and innovation, it is not always cost-effective. Building a new house requires planning and wise investment. It is only then that can we make living more efficient so that it meets all our requirements and is yet easy on the pocket. There are several strategies we can undertake to make this possible:
1) Reduce the thermostat
If you are building a house in the UK, then you probably know that a heating system is a must. It is a part and parcel of every house made in the western world. But while you are away, drop the temperature by five or six degrees. This will reduce your monthly electricity bill while hardly creating a change in the optimum temperature. You can always increase it when you come home but by this, you ensure efficient energy saving.
2) Utilize kitchen wastes smartly
Bury all the kitchen wastes in your backyard – a very simple solution to all the accumulations. The compost pile will be a rich source of fertilizers for your small garden backyard. You do not need a huge space, just a small area will do. In this fashion, you are not only providing your plants with natural nutrients but keeping the kitchen environment more tidy and healthy.
3) Change the light bulbs
If you are clueless as to why your electricity bills are so high, then probably it is your bulbs. Incandescent light bulbs consume a tremendous amount of energy. Replace them with halogen bulbs, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and light emitting diode (LED) bulbs. They are costlier but an investment made now will save you a lifelong streak of high electricity bills.
4) Buy Energy-Efficient Products
Only buy energy star products like refrigerators, televisions, and stoves etc that are certified and meet the set standards. A higher star marked product consumes less energy.
5) Invest on high-quality material
Seal the windows, install a storm door, buy sturdy furniture and install good plumbing in your bathroom. Durable furniture will not only provide you with comfort but also last long. Sealed windows and storm doors reduce energy dissipation and contribute to efficient energy utilization. A good plumbing will ensure smart water supply and will have no leaks, which is a common source of water loss. These are some of the basics that you should wisely invest on so that in future you do not face problems.
6) Choose the best the location
Building a house in London is more costly than building one in the outskirts of the city, in one of the counties. Then again some counties of UK have a higher living cost than others. So choosing the location is a matter of smartness. Your living efficiency will depend greatly on the location that you choose. If you can afford the living cost of the city, then go ahead.
All of these contribute to the efficiency of a new home apart from many other habits that you as an individual need to learn. So plan wisely, take your time and build the house of your dreams.
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