With cost of household bills constantly on the rise, many people are worried about the cost of actually running a stairlift. What most people do not realise is that modern stairlifts are energy efficient and economical. These lifts run on a 13 amp socket and the daily cost is comparable to using a kettle. In order to help you to save even more on your energy bills, please follow these handy energy saving tips:
Energy Efficiency Tips
- If you are going to purchase or rent a new home, check the Energy Performance Certificate Rating. Energy Performance Certificate Ratings tell you how energy efficient a building is and gives it a rating from A (very efficient) to G (inefficient). If the home has a low score such as ‘G’, this will mean that the home will cost more to run. Apply for one today at the EPC Register.
- The way you heat your home is another factor in reducing costs. Heating your home by gas is far more energy efficient than electric alternatives. You can also set controls to only heat the rooms you want to, improving efficiency again.
- Make sure that your loft has a good level of insulation. Loft insulation is one of the most efficient ways to keep heat from escaping. Thickness of the insulation plays an important role. You can easily top up the width of the insulation if you need to. The recommended depth is 270mm. If you have no loft insulation, then you can save up to £180 per year. Also, it can help you save 730kg per year in carbon dioxide which is the equivalent of taking 100,000 cars off the road.
- A third of the heat lost in a home which is not insulated is lost due to a lack of insulation in the walls. There are two types of wall – solid and cavity walls. Not insulating cavity walls can cost you up to £140 more per year to run than those with insulation. Alternatively, If you don’t insulate solid walls, it can cost you up to a staggering £460 more per year.
- Having double glazing installed can save you up to £165 per year on heating bills compared to single glazed properties. The future of windows has seen the creation of triple glazing, which will possibly save you even more in the long run.
- The latest boilers are a lot more energy efficient than older boilers. Boilers have energy efficiency ratings like homes. As with homes, a score of ‘G’ is the lowest and will cost more in running costs. Replacing a ‘G’ rated boiler will save around £310 a year on running costs.
Follow these pointers and you will soon be saving money. Every little helps to contribute to saving up for the installation and maintenance of a stairlift. Especially if you need a curved stairlift!
Find out more
To find out more information on purchasing a stairlift, contact UK Stairlifts either by calling or using our online contact form. You can also arrange for a free stairs assessment, in which we will visit your property and assess which lift is most suited to your property, and then discuss your options and provide a quote. Call us on 0800 080 7997.