With the on-going financial situation and difficulties for some families to go through the Winter, let's have a look at some tips for good savings on energy in the household and better financial planning.
Shrinking the bills is the aim without suffering by the lack of heat.
1/ Get your heating on when you are actually indoor – having the boiler running when the premises is empty means a waste of money. Make sure the timer is set correctly, taking in consideration the changes during Winter and Summer times.
2/ No need to overheat and then open the windows. Best temperature between 18°C and 21°C.
3/ Make sure your boiler is serviced regularly and if over 12 years old, it may be worth replacing it.
4/ If a room is rarely used don’t turn the radiator completely off – it will create more damage to it when switching it back on. Use the “frost” setting instead.
5/ Think of spending to save money later on by insulating walls and attics. A small draught can be unpleasant for the occupier but also for the wallet. Heating a space to lose the warmth within a few minutes is like pouring water in a broken glass.
6/ Regarding electric appliances: kitchen fridge should be around 5°C to keep food chilled enough without actually affecting electric costs.
7/ Do your washing (clothes) at 30°C – modern detergents are working well at low temperature too and you will then use 40% less power.
8/ Concerning the lightings swap your old incandescent light bulbs for an energy version which will save you money too when receiving your bill – various stores including B&Q have a good range of products to change the bad for the good, which will make you even happier.
9/ If you want to go a step further for longer life, opt for the newly LED lights: brighter for about 15 years of great clarity at night. The Energy Saving Trust estimate that changing one 50W halogen spotlight with a 6W LED could save up to £70 over the life of the bulb. Rather impressive.
There is actually a clear dedicated page you can check in order to improve all energy related issues in your home.