An average British home spends £1,314 on energy bills, which is 5% higher than two years ago, reports the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy</a>. This also includes an average £49 increase in electricity bills and £16 on gas bills. Heating homes covers roughly 70% of the total energy consumption in the winter.
Insulate your home
The best way to save money this winter is to insulate, insulate, insulate. You’re wasting money if your home has gaps where heat can escape. Double-check windows, walls, and doorways for any cold air coming in. It is also best to make sure your roof is properly insulated as a lot of heat can escape through it. Consider installing extra loft insulation to keep the heat in the rooms below. You should even insulate your conservatory if you plan on using it during the colder months. Simply installing a roof in your conservatory can save you a lot of money.
Isolate your radiators
While it’s tempting to snuggle on your sofa facing the radiator, your sofa will actually be absorbing most of the heat in the room. Simply moving your sofa, and other furniture that could be blocking the radiator, can be a simple way to save money.
Get a free energy check The Energy Saving Trust provides a service where they check your energy consumption for free. This will give you an idea of where you can save energy, usually through replacing old appliances, and could even save you up to £250. If your consumption is high you may need to take extra measures. HomeServe are recommending to their customers that they get their boilers checked regularly, especially if it is an old model – say 15 years or older. Not only do old boilers waste energy and, therefore, money, they can also be a health hazard. Make sure your heating system is properly checked now that winter is here. With a free energy check there is really no excuse.
Buy a smart thermostat
While buying something to save money sounds counter-intuitive, a smart thermostat can be a game changing addition to your home. Smart thermostats can save you money by turning your heating system on or off based on the room’s temperature. This way, you can turn your heating system on and never worry about it using excess electricity. You can also use IFTT apps on your phone so you can set it to automatically turn off when you leave home.
Take advantage of a prepayment metre
Energy companies are now offering loyal customers savings on their bills. For example, Ofgem’s cap on annual energy tariffs is one of the most affordable options now available. The Guardian states that the company has recently lowered their cap for customers who pay using a prepayment metre, putting their maximum pay to only £1,217. Other companies also offer similar deals, which can save you a lot. Check with your provider to see if they have any money saving offers.
Consider renovating for passive solar heating
If you are considering any major renovations in the near future consider changing the building materials you use. Passive solar heating consists of using materials that are compact and can store heat. For instance, special concrete can now evenly distribute heat up to 12 hours after sunset. Coupled with an insulated home and a smart thermostat, this can easily take a lot off your future energy bills.
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