Winter is just around the corner, and homeowners across the country are looking for ways to reduce energy usage and bills. Keeping homes warm can be expensive, but there are many money saving tips homeowners can implement to cut heating costs and combat rising energy prices.
In this article, our experts are sharing the best ways to save money on your energy bills this winter.
Energy Saving Tips
When the temperature outside starts to drop, it is common to reach for the thermostat and crank up the central heating. Staying warm at home is important, but energy prices are high, and statistics reveal current gas and electric costs are 51% higher than in winter 2021/22. The winter also brings with it darker days, and homeowners can notice a hike in electricity bills due to the need to keep the lights on during the day.
Keeping energy usage down will also help homeowners to live a more eco conscious lifestyle. By relying less on gas and electricity to heat your home, you will reduce your carbon footprint. Follow our money saving tips, and you will also be helping to save the planet.
Here are some tips you can follow to save money on gas and electricity bills:
• Turn off all electrical appliances when not in use. Leaving the television on standby is an easy way to waste money, as is forgetting to switch the toaster off at the socket or leaving phone chargers plugged in. Apart from your fridge, freezer and boiler, almost all appliances can be turned off when not in use.
• Keep the lights off for as long as possible. The sun doesn’t stay out for long over the winter, and we are not suggesting that you sit in the dark. However, it is important to try to minimise how often you have the lights on and remember to turn them off when you leave the room. If your home is too dark to go without artificial lighting during the day, switching to energy efficient LED light bulbs can help save on energy bills.
• Turn the heating down and layer up. Cold houses are not an enjoyable place to be, and we understand how important it is to feel warm and comfortable at home. To keep heating bills down, homeowners need to reduce how often they use the central heating and turn down the thermostat. If you feel cold with the heating on, invest in warm jumpers, thick socks and cosy clothes to keep you warm. We are not suggesting that you should wear a coat, hat, gloves and a scarf around the house, but wearing a T-shirt and keeping the heating on full is not the most cost-effective way to live.
• Draught proof and insulate your home. Draught proofing is a cheap and easy way to reduce heat loss and keep homes warm during the winter. Protect your home from cold air by adding draught proof strips to your windows and doors. There are many draught-excluding products available on the market today, and they are an effective way to reduce your need for central heating. It is also important to block the chimney of unused fireplaces and add draught strips to loft hatches. Insulating your loft space is also another effective way to save money on heating bills.
• Use less hot water. As you are likely to be using the central heating more during the winter months, now is a good time to reduce how much hot water you are using every day. To save money, keep showers short – approximately 4 minutes – and fit an eco shower head if possible. When washing dishes, be economical with how much water you use and avoid leaving the hot tap running.
• Upgrade to energy efficient products. The tips above will help you reduce home energy bills during the winter, but enhancing your home to be more energy efficient is the best way to notice long term results. Switch old washing machines, tumble dryers, dishwashers and so on for new models that offer eco settings and energy saving modes.
As well as your appliances, consider also upgrading your home’s windows and doors. Underperforming frames and glazing can allow precious heat to escape from your property, while also letting cold draughts enter your home. When choosing new windows and doors, invest in models built with double or triple glazing and insulated frames for enhanced thermal performance.
Energy Efficient Home Improvements with Sternfenster
At Sternfenster, we supply and install a wide range of energy efficient windows and doors. Made from uPVC or aluminium, our products are designed to prevent heat loss and keep homes at a comfortable temperature throughout every season. Improve your home with any of our windows and doors, and you will save money on heating bills every winter.
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