5 Household Tips to Save on Your Energy Bills
Posted on: 28 November 2014 by Vickie Harrison
The winter is setting in, and like many homeowners across the nation, you’ve cranked up the thermostat to keep your home toasty this cold and bitter season. The grandkids are due to visit this Christmas and nothing matters more to you than having a warm and comfortable home for your guests.
But with Britain’s promise to reduce our carbon footprint, and with the ever-rising costs of utility bills, it seems that millions of us are ready to ration this wintertime. Over 15 million households are reported to cut down this year, according to This Is Money. If you want to make huge savings this Christmas, join the 15 million in Britain and take a look at these top 5 tips on reducing your energy bills.
- Consider Upgrading Your Windows
Double glazing is an investment worth making if you want to lock in the heat. Single glazing is an ineffective form of insulation, so make the upgrade to start your long term savings now. There are also various glass coating options which can help you reflect heat back into the room.
- Upgrade Your Doors to uPVC
uPVC windows and doors are designed to trap in both heat and sound. Not only can you keep the noise confined to protect your privacy and not to disturb the neighbours, but you can also create a more energy efficient heating solution for your home. To find out more about the benefits of uPVC doors, visit Dunster House online.
- Turn Things Off
It seems simple enough yet so many of us forget to do this. Almost all electrical appliances can be turned off at the main switch safely and securely without interfering with their systems. So whenever you’re not using something, be sure to turn it off at the switch. If it’s hard to get into the swing of this habit, set a night time routine and turn everything before you go to bed in the evening. According the Energy Saving Trust, a typical household can save between £45 and £80 a year by turning appliances off at the plug.
- Turn The Thermostat Down
Turn the thermostat down a notch and you would be very surprised at how a little goes a long way. Every little helps when it comes to heating, so don’t crank it up full and you will see a difference for your next utility payment. To lock in the heat, keep curtains drawn at night, close all doors, use draft stoppers and wrap up warm in your winter thermals.
- Use Radiator Foil
Specialist radiator foil can be purchased from most home improvement stores and can be neatly tucked behind your radiators to increase the heat circulation in your home. This is a very quick and cost-effective way of keeping your house warm this winter if you don’t have the cash flow to invest in more expensive solutions such as double glazing or loft insulation.