Be energy-efficient this winter

Energy was once a relatively small part of our monthly finances. But not anymore. Global supply issues, the increase in the energy price cap and the raised standing charge we pay have all had a dramatic impact on the cost of energy. And it all kicks off from October.

This autumn 2022 will see householders face yet more price rises, followed by another hike in early 2023 with forecasts that household energy bills will soon be hitting £4,000 a year. 

It’s a big worry but there are some simple ways that you can keep your energy use in check, even if you’re not living in a modern home with smart energy.

Here’s a few quick wins:

  • Check the state of your loft insulation. If you’ve an older property you might not even have any or, if you do, it might be in poor condition or less efficient than it once was. Check online to see if you qualify for a government-funded loft insulation grant.
  • Windows and doors. If you’ve not got double or triple glazing, then you’re wasting a lot of heat through these two key apertures. It’s an expensive but worthwhile investment that also enhances the security of your property. Older windows and doors don’t close properly and let in nasty drafts which lower heat levels.
  • Solar panels. This is another major property investment but with our summers becoming warmer for longer, it’s worth considering. Also surplus energy generated can be sold under the Smart Export Guarantee. Latest research suggests that over 55% of UK households are now considering solar panel installations of some sort. 
  • Curtains. If new windows and doors are too expensive, then think about extra thick curtains.
  • Smart thermostats. You can now buy a wide range of smart thermostats which help you regulate the temperature in each room, with the ability to adjust remotely. 
  • Don’t heat the whole house. Modern homes have zonal central heating which enables rooms to be heated individually. In older properties do the same thing simply by turning off radiators in rooms that you’re not using.
  • Stay warmer at lower temperatures. Get used to a warmer house at lower temperatures. Unless it’s bitterly cold or you find it very difficult to stay warm, turn your thermostat down 2-3 degrees from the level that you’re used to.
  • Spread the heat. After cooking, leave the oven door open to spread heat around the kitchen.

For more information, take a look at The Energy Saving Trust website.

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