It is just that time of year in Paisley when getting out of bed every morning becomes really difficult and the prospect of relatively high energy bills casts a shadow.
Winter electricity bills can have a major impact on your economic condition for the quarter because they can absorb a large portion of your profits, especially during the winter when we use more energy.
Luckily, there are a few simplified steps that can help with your electricity bills while still staying warm in the winter.
- Enhance Your Heating Control Systems
Heating and hot water account for more than half of the average household’s energy bill. Heating controls can be upgraded or installed without replacing the boiler. It’s especially important to consider this if your control systems are more than fourteen years old.
Having installed a room thermostat, a programmer, and thermostatic radiator valves, as well as effectively using these control systems, could reduce your energy consumption and save you around £75 per year. Installing a smart device may also assist you in saving energy and make you take notice of how much energy you use.
- Natural Heating at Day Time
The sun is an amazing source of free heat, which is why the family cat prefers to nap in sunbeams. By leaving your curtains and blinds open throughout the day, you are utilizing the greenhouse effect and allowing the sun to naturally warm up your home.
But keep in mind that as windows are not as well insulated as your walls; they can also be a source of energy loss. When the sun goes down, close your blinds and curtains to protect cold chills from entering your home. To maximize the energy efficiency of your windows, consider buying insulated curtains.
- Replace Your Old And Inefficient Boiler
Modern boilers use less energy than older models. If your boiler is more than ten years old, probably replace it with a more effective condensing boiler.
The cost of replacing a boiler varies, but a simple gas boiler replacement with thermostatic radiator valves will usually cost around £2,300. (Excluding radiators). A new oil boiler could charge around £3,100.
- Insulation Keeps The Heat In
We’ve discussed how to control the heat in the winter in your residence, but you should also consider how to keep the heat in your home.
Because one-third of the heat lost in a poorly insulated home escapes through the walls, ensuring proper insulation on your solid or cavity walls might assist keep heat in and lowering your electricity bills.
If you live in a house, cottage, or ground floor flat, you may be losing heat from the foundation. Insulating beneath the wooden floor could save you up to £40 per year. Insulating the roof of your home or the loft space is another effective strategy to decrease heat loss and lower energy consumption.
- Preventing Air Leaks
Is your home a little draughty? Heat is trying to escape from your home through draughts. If you suspect you’re losing heated air, inspect the weather stripping and sealing around all of your windows and exterior doors. Winter air can also enter your home through power outlets, light fittings, air conditioning units, and insulation gaps.
Inspect your roof and basement, as these areas frequently conceal the worst air leaks. Try replacing any missing or damaged weather stripping and apply the new caulk to any cracked seals. For larger gaps, you might have to install or replace insulation.
- Use LED Light
Shifting to energy-saving lights, such as LED spotlights, might help you end up saving energy this winter, especially since many of us are still working from home
LEDs are available in a wide range of shapes, sizes, and fittings; if the typical household replaced all of their bulbs with LEDs, they could save up to £40 per year. And don’t forget to switch off your lights if you’re not using them! This will help you use less energy each day could save you up to £15 per year on your energy bill.
- When Not In Use, Keep Your Fireplace Closed
A lit fireplace is a good idea to keep your home warm in the winter, but it can let cold air in when not being used. When you’re not using your fireplace, keep the damper closed. Plug and seal the chimney flue when you never use your fireplace.
- Keep an eye on the Water Heater Thermostat
Water heaters are the second most energy-consuming appliance in the home, behind heating and cooling systems. A high amount of energy is consumed to heat water, and almost every person has their water heater’s thermostat set much too high. Your water heater warms the water to the desired temperature and then conserves that temperature 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That means your water heater just completes its cycle, constantly reheating water to that temperature irrespective of the usage.
Simply lowering the temperature on your water heater by a few degrees can save you a few of dollars on your energy bills. Unless you’re used to taking showers at skin-scalding temperatures, you probably won’t notice a change.
- Purchase a Smart Thermostat
Think about investing in a smart thermostat. A smart thermostat is a Wi-Fi-enabled system that automatically configures your home’s temperature settings for maximum energy efficiency. These gadgets learn your behavior and patterns and create a schedule that adapts to energy-saving temperatures while you are sleeping or away.
- Solar Panel Installation
The most significant advantage of installing solar panels is that you will save money on your electricity bills. If your solar panels are big enough, you might be able to generate enough electricity to power your entire house.
Another advantage is that you will reduce your carbon footprint. According to the Energy Saving Trust, a typical home solar PV system can save between 1.3 and 1.6 tons of Carbon per year depending entirely on where you live in the UK.
If you’re thinking about going solar this winter, All Heating One is here to help! Allow us to assist you in saving money on your electricity bills this winter. Call us today and get started on your housing solar panel installation.
Saving energy isn’t only a wintertime exercise. Many of these suggestions will still save you money throughout the year. While you do not want to put on a thick hoodie in front of a heater in the summer heat, air stripping, insulated shutters, and smart thermostats work just as well. These methods are equally successful in keeping your residence cool in summer and warm in the winter. Saving energy in the winter is a great way to save money all year.
If you require any further assistance, feel free to contact our friendly team!