You’ll notice you’re topping up significantly more during the Winter, compared to the warmer months. Why? Well, it’s pretty simple. You’ve got the heating on more, lights are going on earlier and you’re probably spending more time indoors overall. Don’t forget you’ll soon be putting on those lovely Christmas lights too
So, how do you keep warm without spending lots more energy? Here’s a few tips that may just save you some money!
- Close your doors!
Keeping doors closed within the house will trap heat in each room and mean you use less energy trying to warm up your house. To keep the room even cosier, block up those pesky gaps under the doors to stop the heat from escaping.
- Layer up?
Did you know you could save £60 a year by turning your thermostat down by just 1 degree. Time to whip out the fluffy dressing gown and slippers!
- Food and free heat?
Once you're done cooking, open the oven door and allow the excess heat to warm up your home instead of just wasting the heat by allowing the extractor fan to whip it up and take it outside. This may not be a good idea for those with little ones running around!
- Use your hob efficiently.
Using a big cooker ring for a tiny pan is a huge waste of energy, as is putting a big pan on a tiny ring. If you're only cooking a small amount of food, ensure that you're only using a small pan on a small ring.
- Air dry, don’t tumble dry!
If you have your heating on, don't waste more energy putting wet washing in the tumble dryer. You'll be surprised at how quickly clothes dry hanging on an airer in a warm room – and your clothes will be far less creased than if they went in the dryer! BUT – don't dry clothes on radiators themselves, your boiler will be forced to work harder and use more energy.
- Let your radiators breathe!
Blocking the radiator with items like sofas is not energy efficient - as it means heat is absorbed by the item in front and the room will ultimately stay much colder.
- What do all these buttons mean?
Washing clothes at 30-40 degrees saves significant amounts of energy and money. This is because 90% of a washing machine's energy is spent heating the water.
- Switch off and unplug.
Not using that hairdryer or iron everyday? Then don't just switch them off, unplug them too. Appliances continue to use electricity even when they're not turned on so you'll be wasting energy for no reason. Also, ensure your TV is switched OFF and not just on standby – this saps unnecessary energy too.
These are just a few ideas, we’re more interested in any tips and pointers that you may have and can share with other users!
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