How to Save Energy Over Winter
Posted 14 January 2017
High energy bills are one thing that many householders have come to accept during the autumn and winter months. However, with the rising cost of energy and the uncertainty of the Brexit effect reflected across the country individuals everywhere are taking steps to be more cautious with their money, and what better place to start than at home.
If you aren't yet living in one of Trivselhus by Esh's luxury, low-energy homes and still have to hammer the heating during the colder months, here are a few easy ways to help maintain a low energy winter. Our advice can help you and your family reduce the carbon footprint of your home by being more eco-friendly.
Draught proofing your property is one of the most affordable ways to save energy and money, yet it is one thing that many householders overlook with more expensive improvements such as loft and wall insulation often explored primarily. Draught proofing is easy with the right, good quality products, but striking the right balance between your home being well ventilated and a playground for uncontrollable draughts isn’t.
According to the Energy Saving Trust, draught proofing windows and doors around your property could save you upwards of £50 annually, which may not appear to be much but this small cash saving goes hand-in-hand with warm and comfortable living. A sufficiently draught proofed home will also mean that you can lower the temperature on your thermostat, another step that will shave 10% off your energy bill. It’s not just unwanted gaps around your windows and doors that will need covering or sealing, loft hatches, electrical fittings on your ceilings and walls, suspended floorboards, pipework and ceiling to wall joints can all be draught proofed to ensure good ventilation without heat loss. Seasonally steps can be taken to minimise draughts with thick plastic sheeting offering an affordable and effective alternative to expensive secondary glazing once the cooler months arrive. Insulating curtains can also be utilised to minimise draughts.
Maximise fireplace efficiency
For properties with fireplaces, in many instances the choice between spending time and effort starting a fire in your burner and flicking on the central heating is a simple one. Many fireplaces are also particularly inefficient, however there are a number of methods that can be explored to reduce heat loss in this area.
Your fire damper should always remain closed when the fire is not in use, as this can be a primary source of unwanted draughts. When your fire is lit, further heat loss reductions can be found by opening the dampers at the bottom of the firebox where provided or alternatively, if a bottom damper is not provided, opening the nearest window to a 1-inch gap and closing all the doors. For households that do not use their fireplaces, plugging and sealing the chimney flue may be a better option, whilst tempered glass and heat-air exchange system installation ensures fireplaces that are used regularly operate at maximum efficiency.
Don’t be overzealous with the timer
Adjusting your thermostat timer to a pattern that suits you and your family is an important energy saver all year round. Most thermostats can be programmed easily, allowing you to set it to a comfortable, low temperature when you are at home and awake, and turn the temperature down further when you are not at home or asleep. A simple adjustment of 10° to 15° lower when you are asleep or away for just eight hours a day can save up to 10% on your heating bills every year.
Learn how to layer more effectively
Your clothing choice should be another consideration, particularly during the autumn and winter months. Layering is a great trick if you want to remain snug, comfortable and warm at home without cranking up the central heating and better yet your clothing can be altered to your personal preference.
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