The winter months are traditionally the coldest and most expensive time of the year for households. With energy prices forecast to increase again this winter, it’s more important than ever to look for ways to keep your bills down! Here are 5 things you can do to keep your house more energy efficient and keep your bills down this winter.
- Get a smart thermostat
A great way to save money on your energy bills this winter is to invest in a smart thermostat. Smart thermostats can help you save money by automatically adjusting the temperature in your home based on your daily schedule and preferences, A smart thermostat will allow you to set different temperatures for different times of the day, so you’re not heating your home when you’re not there. You can also set it to turn off when you’re asleep or away from home so you’re not wasting energy when you’re not home or when you’re asleep.
- Insulate your home
One of the best ways to save money on your energy bills this winter is to insulate your home. This can be done in a number of ways, such as:
- Adding insulation to your walls and ceilings
- Sealing any gaps or cracks around doors and windows
- Installing weatherstripping around doors and windows
- Adding caulking around pipes and other openings
Insulating your home will help to keep the heat in, which will in turn lower your energy bills. Additionally, it will make your home more comfortable during the colder months.
- Install energy-efficient CFL (Compact Fluorescent Bulbs) light bulbs in your home
CFL light bulbs use less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs, so they can help you save money on your energy bills. Here are some tips for installing CFLs in your home:
- Choose the right size bulb. CFL bulbs come in a variety of sizes, so make sure to select the correct size for your fixtures.
- Check the packaging. Some CFL bulbs are not compatible with all types of light fixtures, so check the packaging to make sure the bulb will work with your fixture.
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installation and use.
- Recycle your old bulbs. Once you’ve replaced your old bulbs with CFLs, be sure to recycle the old ones properly.
- Install draft excluders to your doors and windows
One of the easiest ways to prevent heat loss in your home is to install draft excluders on your doors and windows. Draft excluders are usually made of foam or rubber and fit snugly against the door or window to create a seal. This simple measure can save you money on your energy bills by preventing heat from escaping your home.
- Turn down radiators in rooms you are not using
If your radiators are fitted with thermostats, a quick and easy way to save money is to turn down radiators in rooms you are not using. This way, you are not heating the entire house and wasting money on keeping rooms warm you are not using.
- Get your boiler serviced
It’s essential that your boiler is regularly serviced to make sure it is in top condition. Make sure your boiler is running as efficiently as possible to save you money on your gas bill. A regularly serviced boiler is also less likely to break down, and who needs expensive repairs or to be without heat during winter?
So there you have it, 6 easy ways to save money on your energy bills this winter. Feel free to get in touch if you would like any advice on ways Godiva Build can help you on your energy needs, including, boiler servicing, new boiler installations, and renewable energy options.