Simple ways to save money on your energy bills
It may be the spookiest time of year but the last thing you need is a fright when you receive your next energy bill, especially with the festive season fast approaching.
Areas in which to invest
It is completely normal to feel as though there is always something that could do with updating or redesigning in your home. If you have the money available, there are a number of key areas to invest in that will ensure your home is more energy efficient, saving you money in the long term.
Upgrading to a new boiler will help your whole heating system to run more efficiently. It won’t have to work as hard to deliver heat to your radiators, ultimately using less fuel and warming up your home much faster; in addition, getting your boiler serviced and bleeding your radiators to get rid of trapped air should be a regular fixture on your home maintenance to-do list.
Heat can easily escape from walls, lofts and floors; therefore, a well-insulated house is an energy-efficient house. Windows can also be a key area for heat loss. Double or triple glazing your windows and doors will make your home feel warmer and you will also notice a reduction in outside noise.
If you don’t have the money available or are looking to improve your home’s energy efficiency in other ways, here are a few simple tips to keep your home toasty this autumn and winter.
If a brand new set of windows or doors is not within reach, a roll of insulating tape can work wonders, stopping draughts creeping in. Equally, ensuring that you have some thick curtains that fully cover your windows will make a big difference. You could also put up a large curtain in front of your external doors, as this can also help hugely with unwanted draughts.
Once your windows and doors have been draught-proofed, spend a few minutes identifying any other draughty areas. Look at skirting boards, loft hatches, keyholes and letterboxes - but make sure you are not blocking any important ventilation hatches! Wooden floors are a beautiful addition to any home, but heat can escape through any gaps between the boards. A good quality rug can help to stop heat escaping from beneath your feet.
Insulating pipes and tanks is a quick job that will deliver noticeable results very quickly. Foam tubes are easy to find at DIY stores and it will only take a few seconds to insulate each pipe. The water inside your pipes will stay warmer for longer, helping your heating system to operate more efficiently.
If warming up your space faster and keeping it warmer for longer is your main goal, try covering a piece of thin card with tin foil and sliding it behind your radiators. This will bounce heat back into the room and you will be feeling warm and toasty in no time.
If you can keep children and pets safely out of the way, leave the oven door open once your dinner has come out and let the heat warm up your kitchen.
Things to consider
Did you know that turning down your heating by one degree could save you £65 a year on your heating bill? This may sound like a small saving; however, if your home is no longer losing heat unnecessarily, it is likely that you will be able to turn down your thermostat by a substantial amount.
Simple things such as turning off lights, switching devices off at the socket, putting a lid on saucepans, switching to energy saving light bulbs and only boiling the right amount of water in the kettle can help you to make huge savings on your energy consumption, and consequently on your bills.
Just think what you will be able to do with that extra money!
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