Top energy saving tips for winter
When the longer nights kick in and the central heating systems are running high, we all deal with the rising costs of trying to stay warm. The winter energy bills can make a serious dent in your savings, but we’re here to help you save money by making small changes around the home.
If it feels like you’re struggling to keep heat in your home, you may have a draught problem.
Check for any draughts coming in from the windows, doors or floors that could be letting any cold air in. You can use a sealant, insulating strips and wooden beading to help stop any draughts - rolled-up newspapers can work for a temporary fix.
Good double-glazed windows are great for keeping the heat in during the winter & trapping the cool air during the summer. If your household has windows that aren’t double-glazed, then closing the blinds or shutters should help to retain heat.
Always consider small draughts too, such as keyholes, letterboxes and even cat flaps.
Using a smart thermostat is a clever way to help save energy.
Smart thermostats are a great way of tracking your energy usage and can even create a heating schedule that is best suited for you & your home. Using a mobile phone, you can set your heating when you're out and about - so you'll never have to arrive to a cold home ever again.
For more information on smart thermostats click our friendly guide below
Placement of furniture is key to making sure your rooms are energy efficient.
It may seem obvious but if you put any furniture in front of a radiator it will block the heat from travelling around the room - causing the radiator to work harder and use more energy to try and heat the entire room.
You should never block a radiator or put wet clothes on a radiator to dry - just remember they're used to heat up a room, not to dry out a wet sock.
You should rearrange your furniture to help ensure heat is flowing efficiently through every room.
Turn the thermostat down
To save energy your thermostat should be set to around 18°C, as this is a comfortable temperature for those who are healthy, active and under 65. Just remember that reducing your room temperature by just 1°C could help cut your heating bills by up to 10%.
To help save even more energy you can turn your boiler's max temperature to 60°C, this causes your boiler to go into an economy mode and heat water to 60°C instead of a higher temperature. Your hot water will now be a very warm temperature instead of boiling hot - a small price to pay for lower energy bills.
When buying a new appliance you should always check their energy-efficient rating - they may be more expensive than their inefficient duplicate but they'll absolutely save you more money in energy bills in the long run.
Take an energy-saving light bulb for example, they last significantly longer with some boasting a life of up to 50,000 hours. They also emit a brighter light and can last much longer. It’s a win-win.
To help keep energy bills down you should also get into the habit of turning the lights off when you’re not using them - unless you're Blackpool illuminations, then you do you.
You can utilise the extra sun during the winter months through the use of solar power.
Solar panels are one of the best ways to generate your own electricity. They are quite a large investment to make, however, you don't have to break the bank to benefit from solar - you can buy solar powered garden lights, phone chargers and security lights.
The more renewable energy in your household, the more money you save.
Having your boiler serviced annually helps to make sure your boiler is happy, healthy and running efficiently as possible.
During a service, your Gas Safe Registered engineer will point out if there are any issues with your boiler. If there are, they'll be picked up much sooner and can be replaced or repaired before a massive break happens.
If your boiler is old and inefficient, then it may be worth replacing for a more energy-efficient one - saving you even more money in the long term.
Wash the clothes at 30°C
This won't come as a surprise for many people, but unless there’s a specific reason you need to wash your clothes at a higher temperature than normal this should be a standard thing to do. Most detergents have been designed to work effectively at 30°C or even lower nowadays.
When doing the washing up, it’s worth fully loading your washing machine, as that will help save water and electricity - don't just put a sock in the wash and wonder why your bills are sky-high.
Stop the standby
On average, between 9-16% of the electricity consumed in homes is used to power appliances that are in standby mode.
Leaving your TV or laptop on standby is absolutely not necessary, due to technology advancements that make booting back up so much quicker.
Try switching everything off you don’t need overnight to help conserve extra energy, we guarantee that everything should still be working just as normally as it previously did.
Obviously, leave your fridge on.
Boil what you need
Did you know that on average, overfilling the kettle costs around £68 million per year?
By only filling the kettle to about the amount you need is the perfect way to stop wasting energy.
We know it's winter and you're gagging for a cuppa, but there's no way you're going to use a full kettle of boiling water.
There you have it, our top 10 tips to save energy this winter.
It’s important to understand what tips work best for you and your household, but each one can help you save that little bit extra during the cold winter months.
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