Energy efficient resolutions for the new year
By: Alexandra Dunsford-White
01 Jan 2021
It's that time of year again. We’ve made it through the whirlwind of a year that was 2020, and now it’s time to focus on our hopes and plans for 2021. And for some of us, that means making New Year's resolutions.
1. Make energy efficient upgrades at home
If there’s anything that 2020 has taught us, it’s that staying comfortable at home is important, and that this can play a big role in our overall health and well-being. During the height of the pandemic, and still in the present day, many of us are spending more time in our homes than ever before. In 2021, much like in 2020, our homes will likely still be doubling up as offices and classrooms, which is why this year is a good opportunity to make a few energy efficient upgrades to ensure your home sanctuary is as warm and comfy as you need it to be.
For ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency, check out our handy energy efficient home improvements guide to help you get started. We’ve got tips about insulating your home, upgrading your heating system, generating your own energy, plus a few DIY tasks you can tackle yourself.
You can also find out if you’re eligible for a home energy grant to help pay for things like loft and cavity wall insulation. In fact, to help homeowners make upgrades that they need over the winter, the government has introduced the Green Homes Grant. Under the Green Homes Grant scheme, homeowners and landlords in England can apply for vouchers worth up to two thirds of the cost of upgrading the energy efficiency of your home.
2. Use less
Plus, using less electricity and making small energy saving behaviour changes at home will have a direct impact on your energy bills, helping you to save money.
Not sure where to start? We’re here to help. We’ve put together a list of helpful resources, including advice from trusted partners to support you in managing your usage and bills, and a whole host of easy-to-follow energy saving tips you can implement around your home:
5 ways to save energy at home
How to save energy in the kitchen
Energy saving tips to keep your home warm in winter
3. Invest in smart technology
Not only do these nifty devices offer great convenience and control at home, smart tech can help you save money and energy at home. Smart technology is crafting the homes of the future, today, and is certainly something to consider investing in this year. Find out more about smart homes and technology of the future.
4. Spread the word
Make your energy saving goals for 2021 a team effort, and champion them amongst your friends and family. Is using less electricity at home one of your resolutions? Get the whole family on board and tackle it as a team. You can monitor your progress together, set challenges for your household, and make it fun. You could even use your savings for a family outing or for something that will benefit you all.
Plus, if you’re already a Shell Energy customer, why not spread the word to your friends and family members? With our Refer a friend scheme, we’ll reward you both when they switch to any of our 100% renewable energy tariffs, or Go Further carbon neutral home energy. It may sound too good to be true, but it isn’t. Get sharing and make 2021 your year to spread the love, and make a difference.