How to have an energy efficient winter

We're all spending more time indoors and with that, comes higher energy consumption.

As with all consumables, it is important to ensure you are being as eco-friendly and sustainable as possible, further reducing your carbon footprint. Even if you have a "Green Energy" plan (if you haven't then it's definitely worth it) - it doesn't mean you should be wasting the green energy. 

🏠 Here are a few easy tips to help make a difference:

Turn down your thermostat

☃️ If you are young and healthy enough, turn down your thermostat and just wear a jumper at home. It could save you 10% on your heating bills too. 🌡️

Bleed your radiators

☃️ Bleed out your radiators regularly. Air doesn't hold heat nearly as well as water / oil. You can usually tell if you have air in the system by running your hand across the radiator. If it doesn't feel as warm as it should towards the top then you've likely got an air pocket (air rises so it will be cooler at the top). Check all your radiators. Also avoid putting large furniture in front as it just ends up absorbing the heat, which is also a fire hazard. 🔥

Change to LED lightbulbs

☃️ Switch your filament, halogen or fluorescent bulbs to LED. They may be more expensive to buy (although they have dropped in price significantly over the last couple of years), but they last a long time and obviously are more energy efficient. This is something you can do yourself - as it doesn't involve any electrical wiring work, you don't have to pay an electrician. You'll easily make your money back and more on the initial investment. 💡

Check for gaps and draughts (not the boardgame)

☃️ Check your house for any gaps and draughts where heat can escape. Then block these out accordingly. Draught excluders can be as simple as a rag at the bottom of the door or easy DIY sticky back foam from any hardware store. You'll notice the difference immediately. 

Make sure you have enough loft insulation

☃️Heat rises, and therefore your roof is the most important place to insulate - don't just let it leak out. However, you'll be surprised how much loft insulation you need to actually make a difference. Many people think one layer is enough because "it looks fluffy enough" but it usually isn't. Loft insulation is also relatively cheap to purchase. There are many types of insulation and you may even qualify for a grant / free installation from your energy supplier. Check on their website or drop them a message to check

Of course, there are several more ways you can make your home more energy efficient like having double (even triple!) glazed windows, cavity wall insulation, underfloor insulation, solar panels, etc. 🏠 Do check GOV.UK 🇬🇧 as well if you can be eligible for any energy grants.