How to Keep Your House Warm (and Save Money) This Winter
You shouldn’t have to rely on 24/7 heaters when it comes to keeping your house warm in winter. To save yourself from chills and hefty bills, our electricians have compiled their top 6 winter energy saving tips.
1. Maximise Your Insulation
Insulation might cost more than your average power bill, but it’s an investment for the future. Old and patchy insulation can let heat out like water through a sieve. Improving or replacing your insulation won’t just keep heat in during winter; it also keeps heat out in summer.
Summer can be just as expensive as winter, if not more so. Be sure to check out our guide to Saving Energy and Money With Your Air Conditioning Unit.
2. Use Your Curtains and Blinds
Curtains and blinds are basically another layer of insulation, but one you can control. When the morning sun starts streaming in through your windows, let the natural heat inside without any obstruction. When it starts to cool down in the evening, close the curtains to trap the heat.
If you’re efficient enough in operating your curtains and blinds, you’ll notice quite a difference in your home’s temperature.
3. Track Down and Block Draughts
A gap under the door to your garage or a loose laundry door is all it takes for cold air to seep inside your home. Draughts can quickly send internal temperatures plummeting, undoing all your efforts to keep your house warm.
Remember: Air needs both an entry and an exit to flow. If a draught exists in your home, there are probably two gaps to close.
4. Use Timers on Central Heating
Once you’re asleep under a cosy blanket, your body generally won’t need extra help staying warm. To save money, set a timer to turn off the heating once you’re asleep. You’ll wake up unaware of all the money you just saved yourself.
5. Rug Up
This might seem like the most obvious of our winter hacks to stay warm, but it’s definitely one of the most useful. If you’re the sort that loves cranking the heater so you can wear summer clothes, you’re costing yourself a fortune. Blankets and socks cost less than a month’s power, so put on plenty of layers before resorting to artificial heat.
Before turning on the heater, ask yourself – are you as snug and wrapped up as you could be? If not, give that a go first.
6. Ensure Warm Air Can Circulate
Putting the heater on in a closed room will make you feel nice and toasty, but what happens when you need to leave that part of the house? If you tend to heat one room at a time, you could be adding to your power bill unnecessarily. Allowing warm air to move through your home means you won’t have to use as many heaters.
For more energy-saving advice that will come in handy throughout the year, check out the Envious Electrical blog.