When the winter months hit many of us see a sudden increase in our energy bills; this is simply through having the lights on more and heating our homes throughout the day. Whether you’re interested in cutting down on energy use to save money on your energy bill or you’re concerned about the amount of energy you’re using in general, there are ways to cut back. Here are some of the top winter energy saving tips for your home.
Save Energy at Home this Winter
- Cover Drafty Windows and Doors
Drafty windows and doors can lead to heat loss from your home and can cause the outside air to come in. So, it’s a good idea to cover or seal them. Preventing drafts wherever possible will help your home to stay warm during the winter and in turn, you’ll use a lot less energy heating it.
- Close Curtains and Blinds at Night
Closing curtains and blinds at night is a good way to keep the heat in the room, as well as keeping cold air out.
- Only Heat the Rooms You Use
Heating a room during the winter uses a lot of energy, so it makes sense to only heat some of them. Rather than heating every room, focus on using energy to just heat the rooms you use.
- Have Your Central Heating and Boiler Serviced
Though this is a tip that’s best just before the winter months hit, it’s an important one. Having your central heating system and boiler serviced can bring any faults to light and it leaves time to make any necessary repairs. Faults could mean the central heating or boiler isn’t working as efficiently as it could, and this may lead to energy inefficiency.
- Seal Cracks in Doors and Walls
Similarly to how heat is lost through drafty windows and doors, cracks can make it a lot more difficult to heat a room. Sealing cracks in doors and walls will keep the heat in and the cold out, meaning less energy is needed to heat the area.
We spoke to Martin Golloghy of Fitter Windows double glazing who tells us “People underestimate the amount of heat they actually lose through their doors and windows. Investing in high quality doors and windows with double glazing or triple glazing can actually make a big difference to your heating bills”.
These simple tips can go a long way towards cutting down the amount of energy your home uses in the winter. By cutting keeping the cold air out and the warm air in, a lot of energy will be saved.