How can I make my outdoor areas more energy efficient?
There's often plenty of advice on how to make your home more energy efficient, but when was the last time you did the same for your outdoor areas?
With the summer in full swing, now is the perfect time to get out and about and make the most of your garden. However, unless you give efficiency a second thought, you could find it ends up costing more than you first realised.
We've put together some top tips for helping you enjoy the great outdoors without it having a negative impact on your electricity prices.
Choose your equipment wisely
Chances are you wouldn't buy an indoor appliance without considering how efficient it is to run, so why not do the same with your outdoor equipment?
Whether you're buying a new pool pump, hot tub or even a lawn mower, make sure you do plenty of research to find the most efficient models on the market. Running costs can vary considerably, so being armed with facts and figures can help you make an informed decision.
Once your outdoor equipment has been in use for a while, make sure you find the time to have it maintained. This will ensure it operates efficiently and safely and will only take a matter of minutes to achieve.
This is especially true if you have an outdoor swimming pool. Filters and pumps can become clogged during the winter months, so an annual inspection is highly recommended.
There have been significant advances in solar power technology over the past few years, and where better to make use of it than in your outdoor spaces?
One of the most effective ways to use solar power in your garden is through lighting. There are various colours and styles of lighting available that there's sure to be something to suit your taste.
The best part is that these products will simply look after themselves - there's no need to change batteries or switch them off and on.
Timers and sensors
If you do decide to install mains-wired lighting then consider having it on a timer or sensor so energy isn't wasted. This can improve your electricity bills, while also giving the security of your property a boost.
You can alter the sensitivity of the lights as well, so experiment with it until you find a setting that works for you.
Posted by Richard West.