A Guide To Energy Saving In Winter
Winter can be not only a season of extreme cold but also costly bills. Energy-saving is a great way to save on bills, heat your home more efficiently, and so something great for the planet. The limits are endless when venturing into the world of energy saving, but following this guide will help you get the ball rolling!
Avoid Leaving Appliances On Standby
Electrical devices such as TVs, DVD players, set-top boxes and mobile phone chargers can consume a massive amount of energy, and leaving them on standby will waste a significant proportion. Switching your devices off completely (usually by unplugging) will ensure no power is being used. According to the Energy Saving Trust, you could save around £30 a year just by avoiding using your appliances’ standby mode.
Drop Your Degrees
An almost un-noticeable tip is to turn your thermostat down by just 1 degree. As crazy as it may sound, this free, simple tip could cut your energy bills by £75 a year!
A well-insulated home is the route of all every saving, with significant amounts of money to be saved. It’s estimated that around one-quarter of the heat from your boiler system goes straight out of your roof if it isn’t adequately insulated. The same applies to the rest of your home. It’s easy to protect your home, with the option to cover your roof, walls and floorboards, which can all give the same effect and save you energy (and money in the longterm). Another energy-saving insulation tip is to insulate your condensate pipes. You can find your condensate pipe on the outside wall of your home. If you haven’t already when home renovating, insulate this pipe. In the winter months, the temperature tends to drop below freezing, which will mean the liquid within the condensate pipe will freeze up an cause your boiler to go to a lockout. Using pipe lagging (pipe insulation) will prevent the pipe from freezing up by making sure less heat is escaping the hose.
Wash Clothes at a Low Temperature
Washing your clothes at 40 degrees might seem like a great idea due to it cleaning your clothes’ more efficiently’, but do you really need it that hot? Studies show that washing your clothes at 30 degrees has the same effect, and also saves you a third of heating costs (£52 a year!). Not having to heat your machine as high will also save a considerable amount of energy.
Smart Home Technology
To keep track of how much energy you are using, it’s a great idea to invest in some smart home technology. This will make it easier to view just how much energy you are using, how much you are spending, and it will also give you a very accurate reading! Our favourite devices are:
- Nest Thermostat E (£178, B&Q)
- Tado Smart Thermostat (£99, Amazon)
- Hive Heating Control (£130.50, Amazon)
- EcoBee3 (£399, Amazon)
Install A New Boiler
A brand new boiler installation might seem like an expensive way to save energy, but an old boiler can be so inefficient that it costs you more than it should. Having your boiler serviced annually will maintain good practise, but the best way to have a more efficient boiler is to replace. It’s a good investment, and could save you up to £320 a year!
Bleed Your Radiators
It’s amazing what you can do with a handy radiator key and some tissue paper, bleeding a radiator is essential to make sure your heating system is working as efficiently as possible. It’s easy to do, use an old glove and your radiator key to twist anti-clockwise on your radiator valves. You should hear some hissing, which means it’s working! Close the valve and enjoy warmer radiators, and less energy wasted on turning the heating up.
Possibly the most simple tip of them all, turn your lights off! We all know it, so start putting it into practice for results. If you want to take it that step further, why not replace your old-fashioned lights with modern, energy-efficient LED’s, which could save around £35 a year!