The colder months are once again making their presence known and bringing with them the promise of the year’s highest energy bills for the average UK home. Staying warm in the winter is no laughing matter as we’re currently living in an age where millions of households across the UK are terrified to turn up the heat out of fear of the resulting costs. This is of course a wholly unacceptable way of living in the modern age, but remains a reality nonetheless for a large proportion of the population.
However, the slightly silver lining in all the doom and gloom is that there are plenty of ways and means by which most UK households can increase their heating energy efficiency this winter. The more efficient your home’s heating energy is used, the warmer the home will be and the higher the savings as a result – it’s a win-win situation for those willing to put in the required effort and take a proactive approach. Here are a few tips from the experts at www.rwscottandsons.co.uk:
1 Break the Hot Cold Cycle
If everyone from the household is off the premises from 9am until 5pm, it can be tempting to turn the heating off from say 8pm to 4pm. However, while this will indeed amount to decent savings during the hours the heating is switched off, there’s a chance the system will have to work so much harder to reheat the freezing cold house later that it will end up costing even more. The best advice therefore is to turn the heating down by all means when not at home, but not to turn it off – the hot-cold cycle can be an expensive one and it usually doesn’t really produce any financially-sounds results.
2 Window Dressings
It’s a proven fact that the overwhelming majority of heat lost from the average home makes its way out of your windows. This also applies to homes with the most cutting-edge triple-glazed windows as there really aren’t any examples of windows right now that are 100% heat-efficient. As such, it’s always worth thinking about adding another layer or two of protection from the cold outside, in the form of more curtains, more netting, blinds or really anything else. The better your windows are covered, the warmer you’ll be and the more savings you’ll make.
3 Localise Heating
If you eat in the lounge, relax in the lounge and sleep in the bedroom, there’s really no reason to have the heating on all day and night in the kitchen, the hall and the landing – no point at all. It’s important to get out of the habit of heating the whole home just for the sake of it, rather than localising your heating to where you actually spend your time and keep it turned down (but not completely switched off) in the other areas.
4 Close the Doors
Following on from the above point, if you do choose to localise your heating, then it’s crucial to keep the internal doors closed. After all, you don’t want all that lovely lounge heat creeping out and being wasted on the staircase. It’s also worth noting how high-quality doors can make a much bigger difference than a very basic example.
5 Wrap Up
It sounds obvious, but there are so many people across the UK who claim their heating bills are too high but yet insist on spending the whole of the winter in their underwear and flip-flops. Simply adding sleeves or a robe for example can provide more than enough warmth to allow the heating to be kept to a more sensible level and add up to huge savings when the energy bills roll in.
Last but not least, admittedly insulating your home is neither free nor cheap, but over the course of a few years you’ll end up saving way more than you had to pay for the stuff in the first place.The difference insulation can make is truly astonishing and while it may once have been the biggest and most painful upheaval imaginable, these days it’s incredibly easy to arrange and have carried out. The savings can be magnificent and the winters a much lesser evil than ever before.