It is almost winter and energy suppliers are anticipating to bag huge checks from their biggest seasonal revenue of the year.
Winter electric bills go up by almost 25% during summer.
The UK in 2021 is experiencing a surge in electric bills and the last thing you want is to add extra avoidable costs to your already existing high bills.
Here are some ways to save energy at home this winter;
Draught Proofing insulation
Double glazed windows – double glazing is a different type of home insulation technique where heat is stopped from escaping through the glass.
Windows made from single glazing or metal frames loses more heat than double glazed windows with wooden frames.
Not only do double glazed windows prevent heat from being lost but also enforces home security systems because they are much stronger and durable.
Draughtproofing – a lot of energy is lost through draughts in your home. Doors and other openings allow cold air currents to get into the house through gaps.
To draught-proof your home you can have a professional install rubber. Draught Proofing can save your home a lot of energy.
Despite sealing gaps and possibly air leaks, you can still install modern trickle ventilation.
Heat escaping through the roof is more common in UK homes and contributes to about 1/3 of energy lost.
Before winter ensure you have done proper loft insulation. Use the proper loft insulation material and you can be guaranteed to save up to 20% on your energy bills during winter.
The most common types of loft insulation are; sheet insulation, foam insulation blanket insulation and brown fibre insulation. Common materials used for loft insulation are; mineral wool, sheep’s wool, glass wool, etc.
All of these types of insulation materials contribute to a considerable amount of energy being saved.
Solid wall insulation and cavity wall insulation
Whether or not you have to do solid wall insulation will depend on the type of wall in your home. Solid Wells include concrete and brick walls.
Cavity wall insulation is done to brick walls but only the spaces between each brick. It is much cheaper and takes less time.
Solid wall insulation means covering the whole world with insulating materials such as corks, wood fibres and corks.
With solid wall insulation you get the maximum energy conservation as compared to cavity wall insulation but the former cost a lot more.
Insulating your roof is different from loft insulation. Roof insulation is done between the roof tiles and the top of the rafters.
There are three types of roof insulation material; plastic insulation, natural insulation and mineral insulation.
For natural insulation, you can use cork, hemp, flax, cotton, sheep’s wool, coir among others.
For the plastic variety; XPS, EPS, PIR and PUR. Glass wool and rock wool are mineral insulation.
The option you come down to should be based on your budget and the value you get from it.
Insulation experts can help you narrow down your options.
Use energy-saving bulbs
Apart from doing proper insulation you can smarten up and switch your high consuming energy bulbs to energy saving options.
Use a smart thermostat
Upgading your thermostet this winter may save you a few pounds this winter.
When away from home you can program your smart thermostat to reduce energy consumption heating your home.
They also make living during winter comfortable such that it can detect how long it takes to warm your house and it can be programmed to start heating at the exact time needed before your arrival.
With a smart thermostat you worry less about constant and regular at temperature adjustment and you can have your home assistant devices reprogram it for you.
Clean or replace your furnace filters
Cleaning your air conditioning filters as regularly as possible will save you on electricity bills.
The air conditioning will be working properly and more efficiently reducing costs.
You can also replace the filters if it is too worn out.
Insulated water heater
Because of the extreme temperatures during winter, water heating costs rise. You can reduce this by insulating your water heater to keep the water warmer than usual.
It will take less time to heat water first, saving you some money. It is very simple to insulate your water heater. You can do it yourself by wrapping an insulating blanket around the heater.
Turning off the lights and plugging of appliances when not in use.
Finally, you can reduce your electricity bills by avoiding unnecessary costs from appliances and lighting systems not in use.
If you cannot do without certain appliances the best you can do is have the energy saving versions of them.