There is no doubt that winter is the favourite time of year for many people, especially with Christmas and the prospect of getting together with family to celebrate. However, it can also be an expensive time of year for your energy bills if you don’t take steps to address this issue in your home. Luckily, there are lots of easy ways to save energy and money this winter:
Turn down your heating
Many people think you have to do major things to make a difference, but this is not always true. The Energy Saving Trust has reported that turning down your heating thermostat by just 1 degree can save you lots of money. They even found that your annual heating bill could be reduced by up to 10% from following this one simple tip.
In the same vein as above, you should really think about putting more layers on when it starts to get colder. An extra jumper or a snuggly blanket will keep you warm without costing you money. Many people will simply turn their central heating on instead, but this is an expensive way to do it when you can simply put an extra sweater on.
Insulation is key
One great way to become more energy-efficient is by making sure your property is insulated well. Cavity wall insulation could save you up to a couple of hundred pounds in bills per year, which is sensational. Simple to have done, it will fill any gaps in your walls with the relevant insulating material to leave you feeling snug.
You should also think about your loft insulation as a lot of heat can be lost this way. You will need at least 270mm of standard insulation to get the best results in terms of energy savings. This measure is one of the most inexpensive and easiest to install, so it’s worth considering if you haven’t got it already.
Get rid of those draughts
If you have any gaps around door or window frames, then you will be letting warm air out and cool draughts in. Not only will this make your house colder but it is also terrible for your energy bills! To combat this, you can buy draught excluders for doors or fill in any gaps around frames with common DIY materials. Just remember that you must not block up any air bricks that provide essential ventilation.
Make use of a smart energy meter
The most recent innovation in heating technology is a smart energy meter such as a Hive. These are highly energy-efficient as they mean you only use as much heat as you need, when you need it. Most will connect to your smartphone via an app which gives you the flexibility to amend your heating before you even get home.
Invest in new windows from Countryside Windows
One of the biggest drains on your energy bill by far can be old, draughty windows. This is especially true if you do not have double glazed windows at present. Here at Countryside Windows, our fantastic windows are highly energy efficient. This means that the heat is kept in and the cold is kept out to give lower energy bills along with a cosier house. The superb insulation they will provide is a sure way to save money this winter!
Why not give us a call today on 01242 821 122 to see how we can reduce your bills and keep you warm this festive season?