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How to Save Energy (& Money!) this Winter

November 30, 2015 | Energy Efficiency

Saving energy saves you money; but there are so many tips, tricks, and tall tales online these days that it’s hard to know what really works. So here’s our quick guide to things you can easily do to save money on your energy bills this winter.

Only put the heating on when it’s required, not all day

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Why let your house get cold just to have to use up energy heating it up again right? Well, wrong. Unless your house is incredibly well insulated you’re going to be using a lot of energy maintaining your home’s temperature. Heat will be constantly escaping, so heating it up only at certain times of the day when you need it is the cost effective route. Buying a smart thermostat may be an expensive initial outlay, but over a year you’ll often save money as they automatically adjust your heating schedule to match your lifestyle.

 

 

 

Set the timer on your hot water boiler

Heating your water 1-2 hours a day is a great way of saving money. Most water tanks have great insulation ensuring the water inside stays hot throughout the day.

So setting a timer so that your immersion heater or boiler switches on for a couple of hours should be sufficient. Depending on your timer, you can always set it to switch on again a second time every day if you’re worried you’ll run out of hot water.

Unplug chargers when not in use, and don’t leave electrics on standby

According to the Energy Saving Trust UK households spend roughly £30 a year powering appliances left in standby mode, and/or not turned off at the plug. It may not seem a lot but every little helps, and it’s a free and easy way to save money every year. If you see the red light your device is still using energy.

Install thermostatic radiator valves

Thermostat radiator valves
Thermostat radiator valves

Thermostatic radiator valves, or ‘TRVs’, are a great way of controlling your heating in individual rooms rather than always heating the whole house. The valves, connected directly to your radiator, work by sensing the temperature of the air around it.

As the room temperature rises, the valve gradually closes, limiting the amount of hot water entering the radiator. TRVs can reduce heating bills by up to 17% a year!

Keep your doors closed

Don’t undo all your hard work. Whilst you’re heating unused rooms less with your TRVs, you want to make sure that the cold air from those rooms isn’t mixing with the rest of the house. This may seem like an obvious one, but you’d be amazed how many households don’t do this. Oh, and whilst you’re at it shut your curtains too, and keep the cold air outside.

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