With energy bills set to increase even further across the UK in the coming months, many are looking for simple ways to save energy in the home and rightly so. Whilst we don’t have all the answers, we know of a few easy hacks to support families who want to save heat energy and keep costs low this winter. Plus, with costs expected to rise even further as we head into the New Year, now could be the ideal time to energy-proof your home to reap the benefits quicker. Find out more about how to save energy on heating and more from the Stelrad team below!
Turn Off Electrical Appliances
Using the kettle and toaster and other regular kitchen appliances as much as we do, it’s tempting to leave them switched on at the wall or put them on standby ready to be used next but doing so could be costing you an additional £65 per year – money that could otherwise be saved. You could even consider halving your energy use at night through purchasing a smart plug that allows you to switch all your appliances off standby at once, cutting the amount of time they are using energy for.
Draught-Proof Your Home
Unless you live in a new build, it’s likely that some heat is lost around windows and doors and, whilst it isn’t anything to worry about, it does mean the use of additional energy to replace the heat that’s lost, and it can be a vicious cycle particularly in the winter as temperatures begin to plummet. So, if you are asking yourself ‘how to save heat energy in your home’ consider this: whilst draught proofing the windows, doors and other gaps in your home may come at an initial cost, the long-term benefits can pay for themselves in just one to two years’ time.
Switch Off The Lights
Many of us will know from school that turning off the lights when we leave the room is one of the simplest ways to save energy and keep costs down but so many Britons are spending unnecessarily through keeping the lights on in their home even when they are not in use. So, the next time you exit a room, make a conscious habit to flick the light switch and again when you return. Whilst the savings of turning off the lights aren’t that extraordinary everything soon adds up into a mammoth saving. If you want to go a step further, look to replace all your existing lightbulbs with LED bulbs instead.
Reduce Shower Time
With costs going up all around us, now could be the ideal time to reduce the amount of time you spend in the shower. Reducing your shower time could help to save you up to £20 on your energy bills every year helping to replace other inflated costs around the home.
Insulate Your Water Tank & Radiators
If your water tank, pipes, or radiators are not yet insulated, now could be the perfect time to make a small investment in ensuring they are. Or if they are already insulated, it may be beneficial to top up what’s already existing for the ultimate energy saving heating hack. It’s as simple as installing a cover, foil or foam wrap, helping to significantly reduce the amount of heat lost meaning that you can save money on the time taken to heat the water in the first place. Not to mention that hot water will then stay hotter for longer.
Other Ways To Save Heat Energy In Your Home
Even though there several great ways of saving heat energy, few of us understand exactly how to go about doing so. One of our most popular heating energy saving tips is to ensure you are bleeding your radiators on a regular basis. By doing so, you are reducing the amount of trapped air, increasing the efficiency of your radiators throughout the home meaning that they will heat up quicker so you can enjoy the cosiness they offer whilst using less energy to get them to optimum temperature. You don’t necessarily need to get a specialist in to bleed your radiators in either as the process is simple with practice, helping you to save even more money this winter.