It’s freezing outside! Brrrr! You’re doing everything you can to save energy and stay warm indoors. But, in the colder months, it’s only natural for your energy bill to rise. Why? The coldest temperatures tend to be from mid-December to the end of January. During this time, you’ll probably be using your indoor heating more. With the kids off for winter break, you’re also more likely to be using more energy.
Have you thought about what you can do to save energy? Conserving energy will seriously help your wallet, and it doesn’t mean that you have to feel chilly either. You can easily save energy while staying warm in nice and cozy surroundings.
Here are some highly effective tips and tricks to save energy and reduce the size of your bill.
Choosing energy-efficient windows can effectively reduce heat loss. While the initial cost of window installation can be costly, the amount you’ll save in the long run is worth it, especially if don’t plan on moving to a new house. For an easy DIY option, try covering your windows with a clear plastic film. This could save you up to 14% on your energy bills.
Are you strapped for extra cash? Try using a portable heater to warm up your room. Buying a portable heater instead of heating the whole house will significantly reduce your energy bill.
Switch your old bulbs to LED lightbulbs and you’ll use 75% less energy, leading to lower energy bills. If you’re using holiday lights, try switching them to an LED version too.
A new thermostat will help you save money on your energy bills by allowing you to control your heating schedule. A smart thermostat enables you to work your HVAC system directly from your smartphone, giving you control over your home energy.
Reducing your thermostat by up to 10 degrees can save 10% per year on your energy bills. Try lowering your thermostat when you’re asleep to save money.
Effective insulation will prevent warm air from escaping. You may be aware that warm air rises, which is why having good insulation in your attic is important. You can avoid heating uninsulated areas like the garage as these are areas that are unlikely to be used much during the winter.
If you need a new appliance, opt for an energy-efficient one. Those with high energy efficient ratings could save you hundreds of dollars in the long run, compared to older models.
Gadgets and appliances on standby could add to your energy bill. Try switching off those that are not in use. You could even use a wall timer to help remind you to turn them off.
Is your boiler working as efficiently as it should? Unexpected repair bills can be costly so checking your boiler regularly is essential. Additionally, a good working boiler will prevent the need to use heated blankets which will increase your energy bill.
An energy meter could save you a lot of money on your energy bill. You can track how much energy you’re using and identify where savings can be made.
Cold draughts lose heat, meaning you’ll be tempted to increase your heating. Avoid draughts by sealing cracks in the floor and blocking any unused chimneys. Use draught excluders at the bottom of the doors to keep heat inside your home.
Conserve energy by putting an insulating jacket on your water heater, especially if it’s placed in an uninsulated area of your home. Insulating water pipes in your home will also help save energy.
120 degrees is the suggested temperature for water heaters. If you set it too hot, you’ll waste energy, and it could be a potential safety hazard.
Washing and drying your clothes can use a lot of energy. Reduce your usage by washing clothes in lukewarm to cold water. You’ll also reduce your energy bills too.
Your radiators won’t work as efficiently as they should if air gets trapped inside them. Bleeding your radiators resolves this, helping hot water to circulate correctly.
Your furniture and furnishings have an effect on how your home is heated. A couch placed in front of a radiator can be cozy, but it blocks heat from warming up the rest of the room. Thick curtains prevent heat from escaping through the windows, while a plush rug on hard floors keeps them warm.
Try a few of these tips this winter and see how much extra cash ends up in your pocket this season.