With the Budget on the horizon and Christmas to plan for, saving money is most peoples’ objective over the next few weeks.
However, with winter upon us it can be difficult to cut back on spending. Electricity bills are dearer, heating is more necessary and if there are a few parties over the festive period then you can sure most of your appliances will be worked harder too.
There are ways you have save money in your home this winter though.
Here is a list of 20 tips you can follow in order to do so:
- Every one degree you turn your heating down by saves between 5-10% off your heating bill.
- Most plumbers will tell you that boiler water temperature should be 60 degrees. Turning it down to 50 degrees will save you masses in heating bills. If you have to add a lot of cold water to a bath then the thermostat is too high. Also, the boiler will have to work less, saving electricity too.
- If you have rooms that you don’t use very often, turn down or turn off the radiator thermostat.
- Close your curtains when darkness falls and move furniture away from radiators to allow warm air to circulate in the room.
- Odd but true: clean the air vent on tumble dryers as restricted flow makes it work harder using more electricity.
- The government low carbon programme offers grants for energy saving installations such as insulation.
- Open fireplaces can suck heat from a room. Better to fit a multi-fuel burning stove or similar if you want a real fire, or close off the fireplace.
- Lag your water pipes! Especially any boiler pipes that are outside. Last year most call outs were because of unlagged pipes.
- Get a jacket for your hot water cylinder and save 75% in heat loss.
- Only use the dishwasher/washing machine if it’s full. Also, washing at 30 degrees will save up to three quarters of the cost when compared to highest temperature washes.
- Use the Eco feature on your dishwasher whenever possible if it has one.
- Insulate the loft and save 15% off your heating bill.
- Get a multi-socket cable which allows you to switch off TVs/video/DVD/computers etc in one go overnight.
- Don’t fill the kettle if you only need one cup of water for tea or coffee.
- Simple but true – fix dripping hot water taps, they can waste up to half a bath of hot water over a week of dripping.
- Open internal doors in sunny rooms, the sun’s heat will penetrate/circulate and add extra heat for free.
- Draughts make a home cold. Before winter sets, buy in some draught excluders to put around your doors etc.
- Turn down your heating at least an hour before bed.
- Use an electric blanket to warm the bed so you can keep the heating very low or off at night. Turn it off before you go to sleep as your body temperature and bedding will keep the bed warm whilst you’re asleep.
- Turning down your heating thermostat will save energy that your fridge uses, because the hotter the room the harder the fridge works to keep cool.