6 Tips for Making Your Home More Energy Efficient in Autumn and Winter
Whether you’re watching your finances, hoping to save valuable energy or just generally concerned about your household’s carbon footprint, it is never a bad idea to take precautions and measures to save energy in and around your home.
Particularly during the autumn and winter months, there are things running at the same time affecting your energy consumption including lights, heating, Christmas decorations, extra fridges and more.
If you’d like to save energy this autumn and winter, then keep reading for our best tips.
Seal All of Your Windows
As the temperature decreases outside, it’s easy for us to just flick the heating on and set it higher and higher the cooler it gets. Our minds rarely flick to analysing the reasons why the house is so chilly.
A common reason for a cold room is damage to windows and the sealants. This is a easily solvable. We recommend you go draught hunting at least once a year before the weather gets cold so you can attend to any problems before it’s too late.
If you do find any cracks in the seals, a small bead of silicon should do the trick. You can also buy weatherstrips for your window to help fill in the gap that may be causing said draught.
Replace Old Appliances
In a typical UK household, more than half the money spent on fuel bills goes towards providing heat and hot water according to energy saving trust. If you’re running an old, cheap or low rated boiler, you may find that it is wasting more energy than it is putting to good use.
Replacing your boiler is a solid investment when looking for ways to not only reduce the energy you use and save money on bills during the colder months, but also to reduce your households carbon footprint. Make sure you purchase one with a high rating that works with your home to get the best results. Be sure to get professional help when fitting these appliances in your house to avoid any costly DIY mistakes.
This theory will work for most of your big household items including fridges, freezers and washing machines.
Flick the Switches if You Leave for a Few Days
If you’re heading out for a few days whether that be for work, holiday or just because, make an effort to go around the house and flick off the switches, particularly including big appliances like the tv, computer and any appliances like an Alexa or a radio.
Even if it’s not being used, plug sockets turned on still use small amounts of energy which isn’t needed and can add up.
If you are going to leave a light on, choose only one or two and ensure that they are energy saving bulbs.
Close the Doors and Turn the Thermostat Down
As well as ensuring the outside doors are closed, it’s a good idea to close the internal doors too when heating up the house as it will trap the warm air into the individual rooms. For example, if you are trying to warm up your living room, you might struggle if the heat is escaping up the stairs and out into the kitchen.
Due to the warm air dispersing into multiple different rooms, it may not warm up the room you’d like as quickly as you’d like so members of the household may be inclined to turn the heating up even higher when it isn’t necessary.
You may even find that you can actually turn the thermostat down a few degrees using this method which can also save energy.
Did you know that you could save £100 a year on energy bills by converting to double glazed windows?
A double glazed window consists of two separate glass window panes separated by a vacuum or gas which acts as an insulator within your home.
There are numerous other benefits of moving all your windows to double or even triple glazing including sound insulation, extra safety, enhanced aesthetics and improved durability.
As well as being perfect for keeping the warm air in the home during the winter months, it can also stop the warm air from entering the home helping to keep it nice and cool inside so it is an ideal solution all year round.
It’s common knowledge that heat rises so it’s not surprising that about 25% of heat within a house is lost through an uninsulated roof.
The average lifespan for loft insulation is around 40 years. By looking at the money you’ll save within that time, it will pay for itself time and time again.
Improve your Home for the Cold Season
You could spend weeks and weeks renovating, maintaining and improving aspects of your home to ensure everything is in tip-top condition, working effectively and performing in the most efficient way for you. If you don’t know where to start, we can help.
From routine maintenance to complete property transformations, we can pull together the appropriate tradesmen to help you carry out work on your residential property.
Give us a call today on 01666 714040 or fill out a contact form and we’ll get back to you.