If you are lucky enough to have your own garden, you might miss out on money-saving opportunities.
Searches for “garden party ideas” increased 111% between February and March 2021, with even “outdoor seating” up 141% during the same period.
This suggests that gardens are becoming the top priority for Scots and although most people know that double glazing can save you money on heating bills, but you can save extra money by planting a tree or a garden. well-placed fence.
BoilerPlan United Kingdom put together a list of six ways to make your garden work for you along with a few tips that promise to reduce your energy bills by up to 25% throughout the year and increase your home’s value by 20%.
Six ways to save money using your garden
Ian Henderson, Managing Director of Boiler plan : “These gardening tips are a small way to lower our energy bills throughout the year, while still enjoying and adding value to our outdoor space.
From LED bulbs to ensuring our outdoor refrigerators stay cool in hot weather, all of these can help lower our bills.
1. Properly placed trees can save 25%
A large tree in your garden could act as a natural windbreak and save you up to 25% on your energy bills, which means you’re less likely to feel drafts and turn on the heat. working.
Those same trees provide that much-needed shade during the summer months – it’s about 3 to 6 degrees cooler in shaded areas – leaving you less likely to turn on fans or air conditioning and save on your energy bills. energy.
The sooner you plant them the better, but if you’re looking for a quick alternative or are worried about what type of tree to plant, skip to the next tip.
2. High fence can save money and add 20% value.
Similar to how trees work, a tall fence can act as a windbreak around your property, meaning you’re less likely to feel the draft and hit the thermostat.
While on average a fence can cost around £ 1,000 to build, depending on the size of your garden, it can add up to 20% to the value of your home.
If you’re on a budget, keep an eye out for sales, online marketplaces, and discount stores for cheaper material choices.
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3. Keep your garden refrigerator out of direct sunlight.
Between February 2021 and March 2021, searches for “Garden Bar” increased by 80%, as more and more of us invest in our outdoor spaces and opt for a refrigerator rather than a cooler.
Your indoor refrigerators and freezers should be kept out of direct sunlight and the same goes for any outdoor refrigerators you own.
The heat forces the refrigerator to work harder and therefore costs more to operate.
4. Opt for an electric outdoor gas heater
Searches for ‘garden heaters’ increased 192% between February 2021 and March 2021, which is not surprising with typical Scottish weather.
An electric heater costs around 15% of what it would cost to run a gas heater, so it’s worth keeping in mind if you’re looking for warm evenings.
Of course, if you want to go green, the most environmentally friendly way to warm up outside is to bring plenty of rugs and blankets outside.
5. Use LED garden lights
LED lights are estimated to use 80% less energy while providing a stylish garden backdrop.
LED bulbs seem to be very expensive when you see them on the shelf, but they are more cost effective compared to cheaper halogen bulbs over time.
6. Consider a porch – this can add insulation to your home as well as add value.
If you are already planning to do structural renovations to your home, this is a good option.
A porch can act as insulation around your home, preventing heat from escaping and keeping your property warmer.
Porches can also add value to your home if you are looking to sell.
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