Winter is here. This means, present shopping, sipping on hot cocoa, and time spent at holiday gatherings with family and friends. For those of us who love conserving energy, the winter season also means saving money by being more efficient.
Here are 10 tips below:
About 25% of heat is lost through the roof. It can be substituted by installing 25 cm of insulation throughout your loft. Although it’s a costly upgrade, it can save you more long term.
Time central heating
Programming your boiler to turn on 30 minutes prior to waking up in the morning – but at a lower temperature to be cost effective. Boiler heats up at a consistent speed no matter what you set the thermostat to. Don’t make the mistake of leaving your heat on low all day – then you are paying for heat you don’t need.
Install Solar Panels
There are endless perks as to why you should go solar: reduce your bills, great return on investment, increase your house value, and never fear utility companies again.
Use LED Holiday lights
LED lights are at minimum 75% more energy efficient and durable up to 25 times more than traditional incandescent lights. Using LED lights will you joy knowing that you won’t be spending a bundle while staying festive.
Keep The Lights Off
If you plan on going away for the holidays, save money while you are away by making sure all lights are turned off. This includes lights in: garage, backyard, patio, or front porch lights.
While you’re away on vacation, unplug items in the kitchen and around the household to save money and energy. Although they are in use, they still use energy while plugged in. Electronics such as: kitchen appliances, DVDs, TVs and computers can all take a break from the wall socket.
Use your curtains and take advantage of daylight savings
Heat from the sunlight is given freely, so why not make use of it. Allowing the sun to shine through the curtains during the day warms up the glass windows; projecting heat to the walls of your home. As the sun goes down, close your curtains to trap the warmth. Make sure you don’t have any hidden leaks or gaps that prevent the warm air from staying in.
Keep the Kitchen Warm and Cozy
While you are cooking, boiling, and baking, all that heat accumulated will keep your kitchen warm without having the need to turn the thermostat. Try making a cup of hot cocoa, something cooking in the crock pot, and bake cookies to get your kitchen stirring up heat!
Turn the dial down
This may appear counterintuitive, but stick with us. The World Health Organization has suggested to keep room temperature at a minimum of 70 degrees. A studies shows that turning down your thermostat 5 degrees. That could reduce your electricity bill by almost 10%! Keeping your dial at 65 degrees will save you money and avoid living in a cold home.
Another step to keeping your home warmer is to prevent heat from breaking away through gaps and cracks in walls. A few apparent ones are easy to find: pipes, cables, behind the washing machine, under kitchen cupboards, key holes, and around sinks and toilets.