AUG 26, 2015

How to Make Winter Easier

The winter months can be harsh for many families and elderly people; as the colder weather forces people to turn up the thermostat which means higher fuel bills and financial strain for many. However, there are several things that you can do to keep your home warm and your fuel bills down on a long-term basis:

  • Have double or triple glazing fitted. Yes it’s a big cost to outlay but it will save you money over the following years by way of better insulation and reduced energy bills.
  • Invest in a keyhole cover and a draught-excluder for your letterbox; it’s surprising how much heat your home loses from those two little holes!
  • Thermal-line your curtains so that they can retain as much heat as possible.
  • Loft insulation and cavity wall insulation will help to make your home much more efficient. There are a variety of schemes offering reduced installation costs so check with your local authorities for more information.
  • Have your central heating system power flushed to remove sludge build-up and get your boiler and radiators working more efficiently.

Other ways to reduce fuel bills:

  • Turn your lights off when you’re not in the room, and don’t leave electrical items like televisions on standby.
  • Only boil as much water as you need to make a cup of tea; boiling too much excess water uses unnecessary electricity.
  • Wash your clothes on a 30°C cycle; they will still come out just as clean but you’ll be using less energy and saving money.
  • Fill your dishwasher fully before turning it on. It uses the same amount of electricity no matter how full it is!
  • Don’t cover your radiators; if the heat can’t get into the room you’ll end up leaving them on for longer and spending more on fuel bills.
Created on 26th August 2015
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