Today is ‘Cut Your Energy Costs Day’ and while the temperature outside may be less than hospitable to most of us, there’s no need to panic about extortionate winter fuel bills if you take heed of these savvy saving tips.
It may be hard to know exactly where to start. Invest in an energy monitoring device to see where you’re using the most energy.
Spot thermometers are great for seeing the heat leech out of your home. A little scary too! However, once you know the hot spots you can then start to tackle the problem areas.
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It’s all very well telling us to turn-off anything on stand-by, but we’re creatures of habit and habits are hard to break; if your household falls into this category get a smart power strip – it’ll save the hassle of having to unplug electrical items that are not in use such as TVs and computers.
LED bulbs are great interior design pieces; they offer a modern, contemporary look that’s more cost effective than standard forms of lighting. The amount of light they provide also means you won’t need to use so many lights.
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Dress your windows according to the weather. Thermal curtains, plus the addition of thermal blinds will look stunning and help retain heat in a room.
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Plug the gaps – you’ll be able to feel the draughts around windows, doors, through floorboards, and even the cat flap and letter box, so set about plugging the gaps to reduce heat loss.
Turn off lights, after all you’re not living in the palace of Versailles!
Drop the heating a couple of degrees – this tip is one that’s recommended year-after-year! If you feel chilly reach for a snugly throw rather than the thermostat.
Upgrade an old and inefficient heating system. This tip speaks for itself; anything that isn’t operating correctly is going to leech money from your wallet.
Replace old household appliances, such as fridges, freezers, to A grade ones that are more cost efficient to run.
Use tin foil at the back of radiators to help push the heat back into the room rather than letting it escape through the walls – some times the old ways are the simplest, yet most effective.
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Use a lower temperature wash for everyday clothes – with the newest washing powders and liquids you’ll still get your clothes clean.
Keep your doors closed – why heat a room that’s not in use? Turn the radiators down to low in spare bedrooms, so that it doesn’t become damp or musty.
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Move furniture away from radiators – it’s not good interior design to have sofas and chairs pushed back against the walls, so this small step will help retain heat in your rooms while giving it an instant makeover to-boot.
Use water based paints for walls and ceilings – it may seem like a minor point, but most decorating paint is oil based and less energy efficient.