Are you worrying about your energy bills this winter? Are you trying to find a way to cut back? Well, here are Electricall’s Top Six Tips on how to save money over the winter months!
1. Use the sun!
On the rare occasion that we see the sun during winter in the UK, make sure you are opening up those curtains and letting the heat in! By making use of all that free heat we get from the sun during the day, you can save money on your energy bills by not having to put the heating on in the evening, as the job has already been done for you!
2. Don’t leave your curtains open
Although we told you to open up those curtains when the winter sun decides to grace us with its presence, it’s important not to forget to close them in the evenings. Windows are not just a source of heat but also a source of heat loss, so when the sun goes down, so should your blinds!
3. Cover those draughty areas
If you have any areas in your home that are susceptible to drafts, such as external doors and windows, then you should get these covered before the winter months arrive. There are a number of ways you can do this; for example, multiple homeware stores sell physical barriers to place at the bottom of your external door, and you can get one to match the interior of your home, too. Other options include weatherstripping your doors and windows, installing locks to your windows, reglazing any loose window panes and filling in any gaps to seal your windows.
4. Unused rooms
A lot of people like to leave lamps on in unused rooms to make their home feel cosy, and whilst it does just that, it is also wasting energy and therefore, money. If you are one of those people who turns on the lights and opens the windows in a room then leaves, this tip is for you. Ensure that you are closing all windows and doors to reduce heat loss around the rest of your home, and turn the lights off when you leave a room that you are not using.
5. Use Electric Space Heaters
A lot of people like to leave lamps on in unused rooms to make their home feel cosy, and whilst it does just that, it is also wasting energy and, therefore, money. If you are one of those people who turns on the lights, opens the windows in a room, and then leaves, this tip is for you. Ensure that you are closing all windows and doors to reduce heat loss around the rest of your home, and turn the lights off when you leave a room that you are not using.
6. LED Lights
As soon as the colder weather hits, you know what’s coming up: Christmas and with Christmas comes lots of lights and other decorations that will generate electricity from your home and, therefore, from your electric bill. A smart way where you can still get in the festive spirit but also save some extra cash for Christmas presents, is to switch to LED. Not only do they last 25 times longer than your usual incandescent, but they will also use 75% less energy, meaning a less expensive energy bill for December!