Seven top tips to save energy this winter
As temperatures plunge, we debate putting on another jumper or turning the heating on. Only 15% of us draught proof our homes, so here are some easy ways to save energy without going cold.
1. Draught proof those doors
Shut all inside doors and use draught excluders at the bottom of them to conserve heat and energy.
2. Pull it together
Close the curtains in rooms you're not in and just before it gets dark to prevent that lovely warmth escaping before bed. Thermal curtains minimise heat loss the best and if you have a draughty front door hang a thermal curtain in front of it!
3. Bleed your radiators
This way you can ensure you're getting the full amount of heat possible. Unsure whether you need to do this? See how warm it is at the top compared to the bottom, if the top is colder then you should bleed it.
4. Turn off radiators in any rooms you're not using
Why spend money on heating rooms you're not in?
5. Shut the front door
Leaving the front door open whilst you bring in the food shop or speak to a neighbour lets a lot of cold air in. Try to close the door in between bringing in the bags or invite people inside for a chat instead.
6. Insulate, insulate
Insulate your hot water pipes by sliding foam insulation tubes over them. These can be bought online or in a DIY store, you could even use any left-over tubes as draught excluders for the bottom of your doors!
7. Seal and save
Self-adhesive foam strips are a cheap insulating solution that fill in the gaps around your windows. With less wind sneaking in, there's less of a reason to switch the heating on.
*All energy stats are from EST.
The Energy Saving Trust (EST) found more renters (48%) than home owners (29%), find it a struggle to heat their homes.
- If you're renting a cold house privately, ask your landlord about improving your heating and insulation. EST have template you can download and send to your landlord on their support page. If you receive certain benefits, recent regulations entitle you to a grant for energy improvements and landlords have to agree to the installation.
- The Energy Saving Advice Service (ESAS) on 0300 123 124 can give advice on heating improvements you might be entitled to if you're on benefits.
Get a smart meter...
Smart meters are the best way to monitor the energy you're consuming and are particularly useful in the colder months when your heating is on. The handy in-home display shows you what you are spending in near real time and will help you to work out how to make energy efficiencies and get your gas and electricity bills under control.