We’ve put together some handy tips which will give you a toastier home but won’t leave you out of pocket.
We’re not talking the cop-out ‘put another jumper on’ solutions, or splashing the cash on expensive changes like loft insulation… Just some simple, practical tricks to get you saving some energy this winter.
- 1 1. Take advantage of sunlight
- 2 2. Bulk cooking sessions are your friend
- 3 3. Strong and stable heating
- 4 4. Keep stocked up
- 5 5. Time for some (radiator) feng shui
- 6 6. DIY draught proofing
- 7 7. Lord of the rings
- 8 8. Be on standby for standby
- 9 9. Opt for energy-saving bulbs
- 10 10. Tumble dryer tactics
1. Take advantage of sunlight
Open your curtains to your south-facing windows to soak up the sunlight during the day and let it naturally warm up your home. Just make sure to close them at night to stop any chill from the cold windows.
2. Bulk cooking sessions are your friend
Your cooker is one of the most energy-guzzling appliances in your house. Get ahead and try cooking multiple meals at once – it’ll save you the hassle later on in the week and save you energy!
3. Strong and stable heating
Much as it might be tempting to whack your heating on full blast when you’re freezing your toes off, keeping your thermostat at a consistent temperature can save you energy rather than switching it off and on.This is because the boiler uses a lot of energy getting from cold to hot.
This video sums up the big boiler debate pretty well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4_6e5IaQXM
4. Keep stocked up
Having an emptier fridge will use more energy to keep the food cool, whereas if you’re stocked up on grub – it’ll keep cooler and use less energy. Great excuse to get the Christmas treats in!
Oh and by the way, the ideal temperature for the fridge is around 5°C.
5. Time for some (radiator) feng shui
Having a sofa blocking the radiator is a big no-no for energy efficiency. The heat gets absorbed by the item of furniture rather than warming up your room! Shift it out the way so that you’re the one who feels the benefits.
6. DIY draught proofing
Adding a doormat to your home will not only add a cosy touch but also serves a more practical purpose as it will stop the chill coming in through the front door.
For windows, try sticking draught proofing strips (or excluders to use the fancy term) around the frame. You can get some inexpensive ones right here: http://amzn.to/2BkEzEq.
7. Lord of the rings
I am the lord of the hob said he! Using the biggest ring to heat up a small saucepan is a big, big waste of energy, as is putting a huge wok on the smallest ring. Be savvy when you’re cooking on the hob.
8. Be on standby for standby
Did you know that a lot of electrical appliances continue using energy even when you’re not using them?! Televisions, chargers, broadband routers, stereos, hair dryers, game boxes (such as xboxes) are all extra power-hungry appliances.You could save an extra £30 a year just from switching these off at the wall. Also don’t leave your mobile phone on charge all night – chances are it won’t need that long anyway!
9. Opt for energy-saving bulbs
Switching your bulbs for energy saving ones is a great way to limit your usage. They use 75% less energy than normal bulbs and you can save up to £80 per bulb you change!
10. Tumble dryer tactics
If you have your heating on, try to avoid the temptation to whack the tumble dryer on as well.
Make the most of your heating and bring out the drying rack – just don’t dry clothes directly on the radiator, otherwise your boiler will be forced to work harder and use more energy.