Winter is well and truly here – the temperatures are freezing and the nights are long, so we’re all reaching for the thermostat and the light switches.
But energy prices keep rising and lots of us worry about our bills through the winter. So what can you do to keep warm but still save money? Luckily, there are plenty of ways to save money on your bills, and some of them are not expensive.
According to the Energy Saving Trust, a 3-bed semi-detached house can save up to £455 per year just by implementing these 6 measures.
1. Double glazing
Double glazing is a must if you haven’t got it already. The two panes help to keep more heat in and you’ll notice that there’s less noise from outside. A-rated double glazing could save you at least £95 per year, and you’ll notice that your house is less draughty.
2. Replace your boiler
How old is your boiler? If you’ve got an F-rated or lower boiler, replacing it to an energy-efficient one could save you £145 per year. Although the initial cost is large, you’ll notice the difference on your bills almost straight away.
3. Wall insulation
If your home was built after the 1920s, you’ve probably got cavity walls. About a third of all heat lost in uninsulated homes escapes through the walls, so it’s well worth getting the cavity insulated.
Cavity wall insulation will stop the cold air from coming into your home and the warm air from escaping. You could save a huge £160 per year just by getting your walls insulated.
Draught-proofing is one of the cheapest methods to save energy and keep warm in your home. Simply cover your keyholes, letter boxes and disused extractor fans with draught-proofing material to feel warmer at home.
Don’t forget to plug gaps around windows and doors too – you can save at least £25 per year if you do a DIY job, and you’ll still save lots of money over the years if you get a local pro to help you do it.
5. Energy-saving bulbs
Energy-saving bulbs such as CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lamps) will cost more than a normal light bulb, but they last much longer. You’ll save around £5 per year per bulb, and over £70 over each bulb’s lifetime.
If you need advice, speak to an electrician who will be able to tell you which bulbs are best for your home.
6. Smart meters
By 2020, every home in the UK will have a smart meter. They give you real-time information on how much you’re spending on your gas and electricity, so you can make changes if you need to. You won’t need to send readings to your energy supplier anymore – the meter will send them directly to your supplier.
The greatest thing about smart meters is that you’ll only pay for the exact energy you use – no more estimated bills. Then you’ll be able to see the impact that your energy saving measures are having.
Whether you choose to implement some or all of these energy saving tips, you’ll soon find that you feel much warmer without spending more money, and you can be proud that you’re reducing your harmful carbon emissions.
About Emily Rivers
Emily is a writer for Quotatis and its network of home improvement sites. She aims to assist readers in achieving their dream homes with décor tips, renewable energy and ways to save money on their energy bills.
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