Brrrr, it’s cold in here! Must be that winter is in the atmosphere! There are only a couple of weeks left and then we are into December and the countdown to Christmas is on. Which can mean several things; one of which is how expensive it can be. Not only because you’ll be buying gifts or needing to get to Christmas parties, but you’ll be needing to use your heating and electricity in the home so much more. It gets darker much earlier in the evenings, as well as the temperature dropping more than it already has done. But how can you stay warm and cosy in your home when it is so dark and cold, without having to spend all of your savings on your energy bill? Here are some of the ways that you can save money and energy, but not compromise on your comfort.
Use the Sun
Living in the UK, it can be hard to guarantee on the sun every day, as many days are overcast. But if you get a sunny day, and have a few rooms in the house that are south facing, then make the most of it. Open the curtains in those rooms and let the sun heat the room naturally. Make sure they are closed at night, though, to keep the warm air in.
Check Your Boiler
Boilers ideally need to be checked and service annually. So have a think last time someone came to your home to do some boiler maintenance. If it has been a while, then it is a good idea to get it done sooner rather than later. A boiler engineer will check that your boiler is running as efficiently as possible and isn’t sapping energy. This will save you money on your bill, as well as cutting the carbon footprint of your home. Win, win!
Draught Proof Your Home
It only takes a few minutes to walk around your home and feel for any draughts. It could be that there are some by your doors or some by windows. If you can feel a slight breeze or cold air coming through, then it isn’t going to keep your home warm or make it energy efficient. If you feel a breeze, then reseal what needs to be sealed. It is a quick and inexpensive job but can make a big difference.
Use LED Lighting
From the main light bulbs in your house, to the lights that you may be using for your Christmas tree, opt for LED options. They are much more energy efficient than their regular counterparts, and for the most part, last much longer too. It will mean that when you have your home lit up or your Christmas tree, it doesn’t have to break the bank.
Lower By One Degree
It has been shown that if you lower your thermostat by simply one degree in the home, it can save you annually around 10% off your energy bill. While this isn’t big bucks, it is only a slight change at home that can lead you to be able to save.
Are there any other tips and tricks that have worked for you?