Don’t let the cold weather get you down!
Heating homes accounts for over 70% of household energy consumption. Reducing this figure – while keeping homes warm enough – not only cuts energy bills but helps reduce UK carbon emissions.
The most recent figures show that 2.38m households in the UK are in fuel poverty which basically means that almost 11% of British homes cannot afford to keep warm.
Here are some simple tips for keeping your home warm this winter and every winter.
1. Use your curtains
Heat from the sun is free so make the most of it. Open your curtains and let the sunlight in during the day to make use of this free heat. When it gets dark, shut your curtains, which act as another layer of insulation and keep warmth in your rooms.
2. Move your sofa
Sofa, chairs or other furniture in front of the radiator absorb heat that could be warming your home. By moving them away from the radiator, hot air can circulate freely. The same applies to your curtains or drying clothes – keep them away from the radiator so that you can get the most out of your heat source.
3. Maximise your insulation
Around 25% of heat is lost through the roof and 33% through the walls of an uninsulated home. This can be easily reduced by installing 25cm of insulation throughout your loft and insulating your walls with cavity wall insulation. Installing loft insulation and cavity wall insulation could save up to £160 a year in heating bills. Give us a call on 0800 292 2554 or email email@example.com to find how you could benefit from insulating your home.
4. Use timers on your central heating
The Centre for Sustainable Energy advises that programming your boiler to turn the heating on a little earlier – such as 30 minutes before you get up in the morning – but at a lower temperature is cheaper than turning it on just as you need it at a higher temperature. This is because a boiler heats up at a constant speed whether you set your thermostat to 20°C or 30°C. Don’t make the mistake of leaving your heating on low all day – because then you’re just paying for heat when you don’t need it.
5. Turn down the dial
The World Health Organisation previously recommended a minimum temperature of 21°C in the living room, but Public Health England revised this to 18°Cin 2014. And research shows that turning your thermostat down by 1°C could cut your heating bill by up to 10%. So keep the dial at 18°C, save money and avoid the negative impacts of a cold home .
6. Block out the draughts
The Energy Saving Trust estimates that DIY draught-proofing your doors, windows and cracks in the floor could save £25 per year. You can do this yourself for very little cost. Self-adhesive rubber seals around doors and windows and door draught excluders are relatively cheap and easy to install.
7. Install thermostatic radiator valves
Resent research has shown that installing heating controls and theromostatic radiator valves results in energy savings of 40% compared to a house with no controls. These work by allowing you to programme your heating to come on at predefined times – so you only use energy when you need it. New smart thermostats can also be controlled remotely via your mobile so you can turn on your heating on the way home, ensuring it’s nice and toasty when you arrive.
Take our advice to help you stay warm and keep well this winter and every winter to come!
Call the EVOLVE team on 0800292 2554 or email firstname.lastname@example.org