With winter now just around the corner, this article offers six ways to save money on your energy bill this winter, which is a topic of great importance for many people on a budget, and those that are environmentally conscious.
- TURN DOWN THE THERMOSTAT
When you feel cold, your instinct is often to turn up the thermostat to a very high setting, which means you get used to this temperature as a ‘norm’, but this norm is not what is necessary to keep you warm – it’s what you’ve become acclimated to.
For this reason, consider turning down the thermostat a few degrees and keeping your home at a constant comfortable temperature rather than turning it up and down in response to coming on from the cold.
- MAKE USE OF A TIMER
The majority of modern thermostats come with the option to programme a timer – meaning the heating doesn’t need to be on all day, it can come on just before you get home, perhaps go off at night (when you’re snuggled up in bed) and kick in just before you wake to ensure the house feels nice and warm for when you get up.
- LIMIT THE NUMBER OF ROOMS YOU HEAT
If there are a couple of rooms that you don’t tend to use very often, you want to shut the door, and keep these as rooms that you don’t heat. This way, by only heating the rooms you use, you are going to save a lot of energy on heating rooms unnecessarily. This is particularly true if you live in a large house.
- PUT DOWN WELL INSULATED CARPET
We all know that insulation is everything when it comes to saving money on your energy bills. You might want to head to carpettogo.com/carpet-bellevue-wa/ in order to get some thick and plush carpet with decent insulation that protects the heat from escaping through the floorboards.
- CLOSE RANGE HEAT
The idea of taking a hot water bottle to bed might feel like something only children do, but it provides a source of heat that is very energy efficient and serves a purpose in terms of providing a close range source of heat to keep you warm as you get into bed.
The downside of a hot water bottle, however, is that it loses heat throughout the night – whereas a more modern electric blanket keeps you warm throughout the night. Furthermore, some electric blankets have the function to track your sleep and body temperature to vary how much heat it exudes, whilst many, are now dual zoned electric blankets in that each person sharing a double bed can control how much heat is exuded from their side.
- WEAR MORE CLOTHES
Whilst it is a very obvious solution, it’s one that’s often overlooked, but wearing more clothes in winter when you’re at home is the most environmentally friendly and cost friendly way to save money on your energy bills. The thing is, we often heat our homes but then walk around in shorts and t-shirt; as if it were summer. If you simply add a few layers of clothing it can save a lot of money.