Winter is here, and you’re probably using a lot more energy than usual, which makes getting those higher energy bills even more difficult. It’s an annual battle, but there are a few basic actions you can take to ensure that your monthly statements don’t make you cringe too much.
The first topic is something we are familiar with: energy-efficient windows. Although it may appear obvious, double glazing is the first step toward improving heat retention in your home. It’s critical to keep up with window maintenance because failing to do so can cost you a lot of money in heating bills. We have an entire blog post dedicated to detecting signs that your windows need to be replaced, such as condensation and draughts.
The Energy Savings Trust recommends a number of excellent energy-efficient window options. These options are specifically designed to bring in as much free energy as possible into your home. Making informed decisions when replacing your windows is a significant step in the right direction.
Change your habits
The way you use your thermostat is maybe the most important habit for saving money on your energy expenses. According to the Energy Saving Trust, turning it down by just one degree can reduce your energy bills annually. A smart meter, which displays the rolling cost of energy usage each day, may be useful in incentivizing this. There’s no better way to encourage conscious energy consumption than to see how much your habits are costing you.
It’s the small things
Smaller gestures can make a difference, such as opening and closing your curtains or shutters at the appropriate times of day – allowing sunshine to flow in will help to warm the space, while closing them once the sun has gone helps prevent heat from escaping through the windows. Also, consider the fittings’ material. When it comes to curtains, the thicker the material, the better.
The simple acts
It’s worth taking a look around your house to see if there’s anything else that’s preventing you from reaching your full potential. One good example is radiators. If you don’t bleed them at least once a year, trapped air will prevent the heat from circulating properly. Furthermore, try only turning on radiators in certain rooms, such as the living room or office, where you will be spending a few hours. In addition to draught excluders and rugs to cover the floorboards, the simple act of closing doors in your home can make a big difference.
Saving energy and money are inextricably linked. If you change one, the other usually follows.