It’s no surprise that we feel the need to look at energy saving tips at this time of year. January and February are the coldest winter months according to the weather forecast on TV. As those Christmas bills start falling on the doormat it sharpens the senses to saving some money. There are some tips that will cost you nothing but those that will save you the most money require some investment.
The Cheapies – These suggestions won’t set you back a fortune but investing in them will mean you save on the long run:
Draught proofing needn’t cost a lot as most draught proofing items are low cost. You can get sticky backed foam strip to stick around draughty windows and doors, brushes for your letter box and ‘sausages’ (draught excluders) to lay by your doors.
Install a room thermostat if you don’t have one. It’ll save what it costs in no time at all by just turning down the heat by one degree.
You could be savings up to £175 per year with loft insulation. Make sure yours is 270mm in thickness with is the recommended depth.
The Freebies – The freebies are all those in-house things you can do; you have probably heard some of them again, but they really can make a difference:
Just turning your lights off when you’re not in the room can help. When it comes to replacing the bulbs use the latest energy efficient bulbs. You won’t notice your bills plummeting but every little bit helps.
Use a cool 30C wash on your washing machine. Detergents are far more efficient at lower temperatures now and if you are looking to dry your clothes, hang the washing outside on a fine day or dry on an airer near a sunny window instead of using a tumble dryer.
Save the washing up until you have a bowlful. Don’t keep running the hot tap to wash one mug at a time. And on the topic of mugs, only boil enough water for one cuppa if that’s all you are making.
Rather than using the bath have a quick shower, this will save on your water and energy bills. Some water companies give away showerheads that will save you money.
Turn off your TV or other electrical items rather than leave them on standby – except your DVD recorder as you won’t get to see your favourite programs. That little red light uses more energy than you may think.
The Costlies – These may very well set you back a bit but are even more worthwhile than the suggestions covered in the previous section. Once again, these methods will certainly save you in due time:
By insulating the gap between the internal walls and the outside walls you could save £135 per year. Costs of cavity wall insulation vary according to the type of house you live in but there is help under the Green Deal scheme to pay for these kinds of projects.
Solar panels, ground source pumps and even wind technology are all becoming far more commonplace because it is renewable. Not only will you save energy but you will also receive an income from any additional energy produced.
While you won’t see instant savings from most of these tips, over time all will bear benefits to your household expenses. If you plan to stay in your home for the foreseeable future it is well worth investing in insulation, not only to save money but for your comfort too. For the long term it would be worth looking at the renewable energy options available. As previously mentioned, the government has set up a scheme, called the Green Deal, which means that you won’t have to pay for these improvements in advance. Now might be the time to take action and get wrapped up ready for all the winters ahead.