How to save energy this winter

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You guessed it, it’s another article written especially for The Energy Water Saver Blog.  Special thanks goes to Naomi Stevens and you’ll find a link at the bottom.

Introduction

With the longer evenings and colder weather winter sees most households have increased energy use and therefore increased utility bills over these months. Here are 3 easy tips that can make a difference to your energy usage over the winter months. These changes will not only reduce energy wastage, they will also reduce your energy running costs and make your home greener.

1. Exclude draughts

Draught exclusion is a great DIY solution that anyone can do; there are many off-the-shelf solutions available at all home stores.

Draught exclusion is a cheap and practical way of preventing heat loss out of your home and into the atmosphere. The main culprits for heat loss are draughts through gaps in your flooring, around door frames, windows, up your chimney and through any other exposed holes throughout your home. The holes around your skirting board, flooring walls etc can easily be filled with sealant, your windows and doors can either be fitted with specialist products or a heavy curtain can be hung behind your door to prevent any draughts from getting into your room and your chimney can be fitted with a draught excluder. The Energy saving trust states that you will save over £50 a year on heating bills from just making these little improvements – not bad for an hours work.

2. Do you qualify for free insulation?

Throughout the UK, homes are eligible for free insulation with the Green Deal and the Energy Company Obligation (ECO). Therefore, you could be eligible for free insulation for your property if you comply with one of the following conditions: You have hard-to-treat property (solid wall or thin cavity wall construction) or you receive certain benefits such as Pension Credit Child Tax Credit (and your income is £15,860 or less), Working Tax Credit (and your income is £15,860 or less) and you’re responsible for a child under 16 (or under 20 if they’re in education or training) or you get Disabled Child Premium. In some cases you will not only be eligible for free insulation, you can also have a free boiler installed and some renewable energy solutions too. To find out more about whether you qualify for free home insulation get in touch with your local Green Deal Assessor who will advise you on the process and how the Green Deal can help you.

3. Change your habits

Your energy usage is mainly due to your lifestyle and habits; therefore, all you need to do is change a few routines and habits to reduce your energy usage quite dramatically. For example here are a few changes that will make a difference:

  • shutting the door behind you every time you leave a room to prevent the hot air moving and dissipating between rooms you aren’t occupying,
  • filling the kettle to the amount you need rather than over-filling and reheating the same water over-and-over again,
  • timing your heating for when you really need it, (its winter, you’re not supposed to be able to walk around your home in a t-shirt)
  • switching the lights off when you leave a room and switching off any electrical equipment you don’t need,
  • regularly bleed your radiators – this ensures that when they are on that they are heating
    up the room’s air rather than the air space within your radiator,
  • Let clothes dry naturally – if you have a room that gets the sunlight throughout the day and gets nice and hot, instead of putting the clothes into the dryer try hanging them out on a clothes horse to dry in that room instead – it will only take a day for them to be bone dry,
  • And finally, put more clothes on!

For more information

Article written by Green Deal Upgrade, your local Green Deal assessor for homes throughout the UK. We are a family run business that was set up to provide a link between the general public, and any funding that is available for making your homes a more ecological and energy efficient place to live.