Summer is almost over, and so as Autumn and Winter are not far away it's worth thinking about the rising cost of heating our homes. Energy prices have gone through the year in recent years, and the weather has been predictably unpredictable. However, it still makes sense to think about what you can do today to minimise the risks later in the year.
Here are five tips from Hafod Renewables
Keep an eye on your thermostat
Maybe you haven't had the need to touch the thermostat in recent months, but as soon as the temperature dips we all turn to them. It goes without saying that this is the single most effective way to save energy on heating. Every degree you turn down your thermostat can save you up to 10% on your heating bill. So if you're comfortable at 20 degrees Celsius, try turning it down to 19 degrees.
Use a smart energy saving device
Energy saving apps, meters and devices are great ways to use technology to keep an eye on your bills. You can use your phone or a dedicated meter to see how much energy you are using and take the appropriate action if you feel it's more than you need to be.
Draught-Proof Your Home
Air leaks around doors, windows, and other openings can let in cold air and drive up your heating bills. Seal up any gaps with caulk or weatherstripping. Loss of heat through gaps and openings is a big drain on your energy bills, so it makes sense to rectify those issues first.
Insulate Your Home
Proper insulation can help keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. If your home is not well-insulated, consider adding insulation to the attic, walls, and floors. With better insulation you can ensure your home is better equipped to deal with heat loss and ventilation.
Make Energy-Efficient Upgrades
There are a number of energy-efficient upgrades you can make to your home, such as Solar PV cells, home battery storage systems, and heat pumps. These new technologies can drastically reduce your monthly energy bills and even enable you to be less reliant on the energy grid. By storing energy you make yourself you can be more energy-efficient and can make significant savings in the long run.
Other Energy-Saving Tips
- Unplug appliances when you're not using them.
- Wash clothes in cold water.
- Take shorter showers.
- Use energy-efficient light bulbs.
By following these tips, you can save energy and money on your heating bills this winter. About Hafod Renewables Hafod Renewables is a leading provider of renewable energy solutions in the UK. We help businesses and homeowners reduce their energy costs and carbon emissions by installing solar panels, heat pumps, and other renewable energy systems. We also offer a range of energy efficiency services. To learn more about how we can help you save energy, call us today.