You may be eligible for help in covering the costs of upgrading the insulation in your home through the Great British Insulation Scheme. Check here for eligibility requirements.
The thermostat is the control centre of your heating system. By learning to use it wisely, you can optimise your home’s temperature. This ensures you feel comfortable without wasting excess energy through having your settings too high.
Money-Saving Hacks for Winter
Upgrade Your Insulation – Make sureyour home is well-insulated – especially the attic, walls and floors. Good insulation prevents heat from escaping and cold air from seeping in, meaning you can cut down on constantly heating your home – and save money!
Mind the Gaps – Check for any gaps in your home, especially around windows and doors. Sealing them with weather-stripping or caulking can prevent cold drafts from getting in and heat from escaping.
Use a Programmable Thermostat – Investing in a programmable or ‘smart’ thermostat means you can set different temperatures for different times of the day. You can reduce your energy usage and bills by lowering the temperature when you’re not at home or when you’re sleeping.
Maintain Your Heating System – Regularly maintaining your heating system will ensure it keeps running efficiently. Cleaning and replacing air filters and scheduling an annual professional inspection will keep it in top condition.
Let the Sun In – Onsunny winter days, open your curtains and blinds to let the sunshine naturally warm your home. Just remember to close them again as soon as it goes dark or you will lose the heat again!
Bundle Up and Layer – Instead of cranking up the heat, put on extra layers of clothing or use cosy blankets to stay warm. This way, you can keep your thermostat at a lower setting.
Use Ceiling Fans – If you a have ceiling fan, set it to run in reverse (clockwise) on a low speed. This will push warm air down from the ceiling, keeping the room warmer without adjusting the thermostat.
Adjust the Thermostat at Night – Lowering the thermostat a few degrees while you sleep can lead to significant energy savings. Try using extra blankets to stay warm instead.
With the right hacks – saving money on your winter energy bills is achievable. By focusing on insulation and thermostat control, you can beat the chill and create a more energy-efficient and cost-effective home. These simple adjustments not only help your wallet but also reduce your environmental impact by using energy more responsibly.
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