Winter seasons are mostly characterized by extremely cold nights which force many to turn their heating appliances up a few more degrees. This means soaring energy bills at the end of the month/season. Wrapping yourself in cozy knitwear or remaining snuggled up on the sofa doesn’t help with the cold either. Many are forced to leave the house/room heater turned on throughout the winter season, just to keep the house warm.
Although the biting cold winter weather may force you to turn the thermostat up, you can still cut down on energy bills during this season as well. You, however, need to be ready to adopt several changes in the house, as well as switch to energy efficient home appliances and heating systems to help keep heating bills low. According to uSwitch.com, you could save up to £228 per year from simply switching to a cheaper energy tariff. Here are a few other ways that can help cut down heating bills in winter.
A properly insulated house retains heat efficient as compared to a poorly insulated one. Have the entire home inspected for air leaks, and ensure everything is properly and adequately insulated – the loft too. Consider double-glazed windows and doors for improved energy efficiency.back to menu ↑
Draughts around windows, doors, floor gaps, and the chimney are some of the leading causes of heat in most homes.
Heat can also be lost through air leaks around doors and windows, gaps around the floor, or through the chimney. Draught-proofing your house can help reduce heat loss significantly during winter. Be sure to wrap up letterboxes, doors, windows, and even block skirting boards and floors in the house as well. Doing this could save you good money at the end of the year.back to menu ↑
Replace the regular showerheads with water efficient shower heads. This should help reduce the rate at which water is drained from the central hot water tank, thus reducing the need to boil water severally during the day. Doing this should save you both on heating bills and water bills as well. Low-flow showerheads retain the sensation of a powerful shower while conserving more water.back to menu ↑
Turn Down The Thermostat
While turning up the heat makes the room feel warmer and more comfortable, it makes the heater work a little harder thus use more energy than it should. Turning down the heat by a few degrees, say 1C below the comfortable setting forces your body to adjust to the new temperature. This saves you up to 10% in energy bills by the end of the year.
Remember to set the hot water thermostat at 60 degrees Celsius as well. This is the recommended temperature for all household uses, and particularly for the shower. Doing this will save you an extra £80 per year. This will help you save on your energy bills.back to menu ↑
New Energy Efficient Appliances
Electric appliances more than 10 years old use more energy than newer versions of the same. For instance, a 10-year old boiler will use twice as much energy to boil water as compared to a newer energy efficient one. Consider replacing some of the old appliances with Energy Saving Recommended appliances to lower your heating bills.
Investing in A-rated appliances gives you better returns for your money, hence recommended for all.back to menu ↑
Washing and Drying
The washing machine is rated among the top energy consuming appliances in every home. This is because at least 80% of the energy the machines use is used to heat up water. Lowering water temperatures in the same can, therefore, help save some energy in the process. You also ought to avoid using the tumble dryer unless when in a hurry. Consider hanging the clothes in a line instead to dry naturally.