Winter brings with it the worry about rising fuel costs. These worries can dampen your holiday spirit. Take a look at these energy-saving ideas instead of following others around turning off the lights, the heating and wearing layers of clothing.
Most people do not fully understand the heating system. Take the time to read your manual and learn how your system works. Then you can use the controls correctly and heat your home in the most efficient way.
It is cheaper to use a hot water bottle in bed than an electric blanket. Your body will generate its own heat under the duvet, so a thick blanket and a heated water bottle is sufficient.
Remove furniture from near radiators. The upholstery of a sofa placed against a heater will absorb the heat, preventing it from escaping into the room.
Consider installing a thermostatic valve. They work by allowing the user to turn off the heating in any room that is not being used. Another good idea is to insulate your hot water tank.
You can also ensure that you’re not losing heat by checking your loft insulation. If you do not have enough insulation, around a quarter is lost through the roof. Insulation should have a thickness of 11 inches.
It is important to insulate the walls of your home. 35% of heat will escape through uninsulated walls. Filling the cavities in your walls will save you money over time. Consider Insulation Render. APS provide Insulation Render Systems.
Installing thick curtains over glass doors can also help prevent heat loss. Check for draughts in other areas. Think about using a draught excluder or a cover for your letterbox. Old windows, keyholes and old window frames can all let heat escape.