Energy saving tips for Winter
Save on energy bills with our advice for improving the energy efficiency within your home this winter.
Insulate walls and loft spaces
Around half of heat loss can be accounted for through the walls, roof and loft within the home, however this can easily be reduced by insulation. Whilst this is not a cheap option, it may be worth checking with your energy supplier for any schemes they may be running for discounted or sometimes free insulation.
Turn your thermostat down
Research has shown that by reducing your thermostat by as little as 1°C could cut energy bills by up to 10%. By keeping your thermostat at around 18°C, as recommended by Public Health England, not only will you save money, but it will also keep your home from feeling the chill.
A simple and cost effective way to maintain heat, the Energy Saving Trust estimates that covering draughts can save you up to £25 a year. Keep the heat away from doors, windows and cracks around your fireplace and floors using DIY seals, which are easy to create and install.
Insulate your water tank
Whilst new water tanks are required by law to be insulated, older models could really benefit from insulation in the form of a hot water jacket. Any insulation thicker than 75mm can save you up to £35 a year, for a relative small cost.
Upgrade and maintain your boiler
A boiler of more than ten years old can have a major effect on the heat efficiency of your home. Whilst replacing an older model can be a more expensive route to take, a new A rated model will use less energy to produce a similar amount of heat, saving you money in the long run. Regularly servicing and maintaining your boiler will ensure that it is in good working order and performing to the best possible standard and efficiency levels.