Here we are just a few days after Christmas, and most of us will have all sorts of new gadgets to play with. From tablets and smartphones to tools and appliances, Christmas is one of the most expensive times of year in terms of energy usage at home, but did you know that there are a wide range of gadgets that can actually help you save money instead of bumping up the bill? Here are just a few to give you some ideas on how to make sure you start 2015 with an energy efficient home...
Invest in an 'Eco Button'
Did you know that over half of the UK population own a personal computer that they use regularly? It's tempting, particularly at this time of year when you're at home a lot of the time, to simply leave it ticking over so you can jump on and off as and when you need to. If only there was some way of quickly putting your computer into energy saving mode without have to power it down and wait for it to boot up. An 'Eco-button' can help. It will 'suspend' your computer with one simple click and put it into power saving mode until you're ready to resume use - perfect for skyping the relatives on New Year's Eve!
Stay warm with an infrared heating panel
To some these may sound a little confusing, but an increasing number of people are using infrared heat as a permanent and energy efficient replacement for their regular heating systems - a perfect way to start 2015 in style and save some pennies along the way. An energy efficient infrared heating panel will give you a completely new type of heat. Using infrared waves, they heat the objects in the room such as the furinute, floors, walls and even you, directly, so there's no real energy wastage and you'll feel snug and warm in no time. Once the objects in the room have been heating, they'll warm up the air around them keeping the room at a consistent and even temperature. Traditional radiators use convection heat, heating up the air and pushing it around the room. While this is the most common method of home heating, it can sometimes take a while for the heat to reach you or for the temperature of the room to change. With infrared heating, you'll feel the benefits immediately, and you'll only need around half the power to get the same effect - so plenty of potential for some serious energy saving.
Did you know that energy efficient infrared heating panels can also double up as mirrors, decorations or even paintings? Most people who adopt infrared panels will pop hide them on the ceiling or have them double up as a mirror in the bathroom or painting in the hallway. Your home will look sleek, stylish, and be toasty warm all winter with no radiator in site. What's not to like?
Infrared not for you? Perhaps upgrade to an electric radiator...
Start 2015 the way you mean to go on; with an energy efficient way of heating your home. You'll see your bills come down over the course of the year and it'll be worth it in the end. Traditional water filled radiators and gas boiler systems don't even compare to electric radiators when it comes to sheer controllability and energy saving potential. Those with an eye on future trends and the environment, and who don't want to be dependent on fluctuating gas prices, are already making the leap to energy efficient electric radiators.
While your gas boiler might offer you slightly more efficiency at the moment, like for like, the controllability offered by the new wave of electric radiators can really help you take the wheel when it comes to your quarterly bill. Each room can be set to its very own temperature and schedule - so if you spend most of your time in one or two rooms of a medium sized home, you can really take advantage and potentially save a significant amount of money. Technology has pushed electric radiators into one of the must have gadget appliances of 2015 - and they're pretty easy to fit too. Everything you need apart from a couple of tools come right out of the box, and they can either be hardwired into your original circuitry or plugged straight into a standard 3-pin socket (neither will make any difference to their energy saving potential).
Eco Stores Direct are here to bring you the very latest in energy news, views and opinions from across the UK. They are also suppliers of energy efficient electric heating solutions and are constantly assessing the market for the best products and the latest ground-breaking technology which they think will make a real difference to their customer's homes. Eco Stores Direct are devoted to helping you reduce your carbon footprint and bring down your energy bills and they work hard to raise awareness of energy efficient products that can make all the difference. For more information on their range of wall-mounted electric radiators or designer Infrared wall panels, call one of their friendly team today on 0330 300 4444 for a free assessment.