Ways to Save on Your Energy this Winter is a paid collaborative post with First Utility. I am all for saving money where I can and I am very lucky that I do not have to prioritise heating over feeding my family, however, I do want to make sure that if there are pennies to be saved that they are in my pocket.
When it comes to energy there seem to be so many tricks to save money, but which actually work and which are just myths? Well, I have done some research and want to share with you some simple ways to save on your energy that will actually work.
5 Ways to Save on Your Energy this Winter
Use your timer and turn off the heating when you are not in. In the past, there seem to have been a myth that keeping your heating on all the time would save you energy as it used more to heat a room. According to experts at the Energy Saving Trust this is not true and you should only have your heating on when you need it. We have a weekly schedule and also use an internet connected devise to turn it off when we are not around and this could save your £75.00 per year.
Make sure your radiators are operating efficiently. It is essential to regularly bleed your radiators this will prevent inefficient heating, stop rust, leaks and hopefully boiler damage. You can tell if they need bleeding if they are hot at the bottom and cold at the top. This is from the air in your system and air does not transfer the heat as efficiently as water.
Use radiator valves in addition to a whole house thermostat. Your thermostat controls your boiler, whilst radiator valves control the water flow through each individual radiator. Your thermostat controls your home’s temperature (where the thermostat is located), so once it hits the temperature you set on the thermostat, the boiler will go off. Radiator valves are great for keeping rooms cooler so are perfect for your bedrooms or rooms that are not used.
Turn your thermostat down. By just reducing your thermostat by 1 degree, you could save up to £75.00. Be like me and pop a throw, quilt or blanket over the arm of each other chairs and encourage people to snuggle under them. As I have taught my boys you are not supposed to be warm in a tee shirt and shorts in your home in winter. layer up your clothes and use hot water bottles.
Draft-proof your home. Draft proofing can be really simple but make a real difference, however, it is important to differentiate between ensuring good ventilation and what is a draft. Don’t seal kitchen and bathroom windows – this lets out the steam and helps create ventilation Simple and inexpensive draft proofing measures include using draft excluders at any drafty doors, using key covers or letterbox draft excluders. Even closing curtains can make a difference.
Boom – there you have 5 sure-fire ways to save on your energy bill this winter. Ways that are proven to work and save you some money.