How to save money and keep your home warm during the winter months
The forecast over the winter months in Cambridgeshire is predictably cold and with unfortunate restrictions due to the pandemic, we are forced to stay at home for longer periods than normal. So, now, more important than ever, we want our homes to be warm and welcoming, and we also want, and in many cases, need to save on energy bills.
Keeping your home warm comes at a cost because heating can be expensive if not managed properly. Therefore we have identified some things you can do to do save on energy bills and keep your home warm during the harsh winter months. Some of these things you can do yourself, others you may have to call in professionals.
10 ways to save on energy bills
- 1. Insulate water tanks in unheated areas.
- 2. Check that your loft insulation is thick and in good condition, running over the pipework where possible
- 3. Check that your boiler has been properly serviced.
- 4. Minimise draughts from outside and close doors to unheated parts of your home.
- 5. Seal small gaps around the areas where your TV, cable, or telephone lines come through your wall.
- 6. Leave your loft hatch ajar, allowing warmer air to reach the loft preventing your water tank and pipes from freezing.
- 7. Install a programmable thermostat so you can set times and days to adjust the temperature without wasting money.
- 8. Replace old and inefficient appliances, that can result in high bills and may also be a fire risk, with new energy-efficient appliances that will save you money in the long run. There are alternatives, you may be able to extend the life of your domestic appliances.
- 9. Install wall insulation as an excellent way to efficiently insulate the home and reduce the amount of heat and energy escaping your home.
10. If you’re going away and the temperature’s likely to drop below freezing, keep your home’s central heating at a minimum of 15°C (59F) for a few hours each day.
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