9 top energy saving tips will save you money this winter.
As winter approaches, it’s a great idea to make sure your home is ready for increased use of electricity and gas. There are many ways to save on heating bills here’s just a few!
1. Energy saving windows
A lot of heat can escape through single-glazed windows. To ensure your windows are energy-savvy:
- Check for any drafts and fill in gaps with adhesive draft-stopping tape.
- Check your curtains: are they thin or insulating? It’s worth the extra expense to get insulated curtains that will hold heat inside during winter and keep the house cooler in summer.
- Make sure you close your curtains at night to hold the heat in, and open them during the day to let light inside the house.
- Consider getting double-glazed windows – another extra expense, but definitely worth the money in the long run.
- Don’t forget your doors! Make sure doors are free of drafts and close tightly to avoid drafts.
2. Turning lights off – make it a new habit!
Simply turning lights off in rooms you’re not using is a great way to save on electricity. Sure it’s hard to make sure the kids stick to this rule, but you can also install automatic switches that turn the lights off after a few minutes of no one being in the room.
3. Keep the thermostat at a low 18-20 degrees Celsius.
An ideal heating temperature for your home is about 18c to 20c degrees. It’s enough to be warm, but maybe wear a light jumper or hoodie in the house. It’s easy for the heat to go up and you may not even notice it, but your electricity bill will!
4. No one home? Make sure everything’s turned off.
Usually daytime electricity rates are the highest. Make sure when everyone is at work or at school the heating is turned off. Most heating systems will have a timer so you can set the heating to be on for peak times, e.g. 6am to 8am, then again 5pm to 9pm at night. This will ensure that no one forgets to turn it off.
5. Clean your filters!
Save at least 5% in heating costs by ensuring your central heating filters are replaced or cleaned at least once a month. Most central heating systems have an easily accessible filter that you can clean with your vacuum cleaner, it only takes a few minutes and will ensure cleaner and healthier air – not to mention saving you money.
6. Eliminate “leaking energy” electronics.
Many electronic devices use electricity whilst “off”. The culprits are usually TVs, DVD players, computers and sound systems. Invest a few bucks in a power strip that turns everything off after an hour or so of non-use. You’ll save a lot of money on these “standby losses”.
7. Install energy saving light bulbs.
Sure they cost a bit more to purchase but the running time saving is worth the extra few dollars. Replace all your incandescent bulbs with fluorescent or LED bulbs (for down lights). A lot of councils even have plans whereby they’ll give you free energy saving light bulbs so it pays to do a bit of research.
8. Install ceiling and wall insulation.
Insulation is worth every penny. Once again, it may initially be a hassle to install, but will save you thousands in the long run and may save you heating costs up to 25%. That’s a huge figure in anyone’s language.
9. Hot water tank insulation.
Give your hot water tank some love! Jacket insulation is especially important for older water heaters with little internal insulation. Remember to leave the air intake vent uncovered when wrapping up your hot water tank. You’ll save up to 10% on hot water heating costs.