According tostatistics, heating up our homes makes up more than70 per cent of our household energy consumption. With the recent drop in the pound, property prices increasing year on year and the damaging effects of climate change, it is important that we continue to find ways to reduce our energy usage.
Below, we list seven easy tips for keeping your house warm while spending less money and still remaining energy efficient.
- Natural light
During the daytime, open up all curtains and blinds to make the most of the heat coming from the sun, which of course comes with no price tag. This is particularly useful if you have dark coloured curtains or blinds, which will not naturally absorb the sunlight and will continue to make a room feel colder. Likewise, when darknessdescends, insulate rooms in your house by closing curtains, providing a layer of protection from the outside world.
It is a no-brainer really – the more layers you wear, the warmer you shall be. Make yourself fully at home by wearing thick jumpers, socks and slippers around the house. It is also a good idea to invest in some cheap throws which can be strategically placed on sofas and beds to help resist the temptation of cranking up the heating.
Installing insulation throughout your home may seem like a lot of hassle, but you will be thankful in the long-run, since as much as 66 per cent of household heat is lost through the walls and a further 25 per cent through the loft, meaning a lot of wasted money. Thankfully, partial Governmental grants now exist to help pay for home insulations, in order to tackle UK energy consumption.
- Your central heating
Though it might seem a bit illogical, it has also been suggested that instead of repeatedly turning your heating on at a high temperature for bursts of time, keeping it at a constant low temperature throughout the day will be beneficial in the long run. Moreover, research has shown that turning your heating down by just one degree can actually cut your heating bill down by as much as 10 per cent.
If you have wooden floors, you might be feeling the coldness a lot more than those with carpets. Now, we are not suggesting that you completely redesign your house and install carpets all over; an easier way to handle this is to purchase some thick, fluffy rugs to help keep your toes nice and toasty.
We all learnt in science class that heat naturally rises, so for those of us with high ceilinged properties, the placement of shelves slightly above radiators can really help in bouncing heat back into the room, rather than being lost above.
As electricity costs continue to rise, many people have started incorporating energy efficient contemporary wood burning stoves or fireplaces, which are less expensive and more eco-friendly than relying completely on utility providers who use fossil fuels.
Moreover, many modern appliances now come with clean-burn and air-wash technologies which allow fora substantial reduction in gas emissions, thus helping to better protect the planetwhile keeping you good and warm. It’s a win-win all round!
According to the Energy Saving Trust, you could be saving up to £35 a year by eliminatingbreezes from your house. It might not seem like a lot to you, but each year this will certainly add up. If you fancy yourself as a bit of an arts and crafts aficionado, then making your own draught excluder will be a doddle. If that is not an option, then you can pop down to IKEA and pick one up for less than a tenner (or politely ask your Nan to make you one)!