As winter sets in we all need to prioritise energy efficiency in our homes to reduce our heating costs. From upgrading insulation, to letting in natural sunlight by opening curtains during the day, we have some practical tips to help keep your house warm this winter.
- Reflective Radiator Panels: Place reflective material behind radiators to reflect heat back into the room.
- Pipe Lagging: Insulate hot water pipes with foam tubes to maintain water temperature and improve heating efficiency.
- Draught-Proofing: Seal gaps around windows and doors using draught excluders and insulating tape to save on heating bills.
- Bleed Radiators: Ensure radiators are heating to the top by bleeding them with a radiator bleed key to release trapped air.
- Boiler Servicing: Schedule an annual boiler service by a Gas Safe Registered Engineer to enhance efficiency and longevity.
- Curtains: Close curtains at night to prevent warmth from escaping through windows, and consider using thermal curtains.
- Utilize Oven Heat: Leave the oven door open after cooking to let the heat transfer slowly into the kitchen.
- Personalized Energy Efficiency Tips: Consider a Home Health Check for personalised energy-efficiency recommendations and thermal imagery assessment.
- Creative Insulation: Use spare foam pipe lagging as a door draught excluder and consider using spray foam insulation for cracks and gaps.
- Optimal Temperature Settings: Set the thermostat between 18°C and 21°C, use a timer, and consider a smart thermostat for energy-efficient heating control.
These tips can not only help you stay warm but also contribute to energy efficiency and cost savings during the winter months.