Winter can be an expensive time of year, what with Christmas, New Year and (of course) high heating bills. The cold weather makes it easy for utility costs to go through the roof, but there are ways to keep your outgoings under control. Intrigued? Then these few tips should help you out:
When was the last time you had your gas-powered appliances inspected? If it has been over a year, it’s time to call in a Gas Safe Register approved engineer. A workman will check that you are not wasting energy necessarily and could save you a lot of money in the long run. If you’ve taken out boiler cover with a reputable company, a central
heating inspection might even be included, so it’s worth taking a look.
Look after the pennies and the pounds look after themselves’ is a popular saying and one that certainly rings true at this time of the year. Every little saving will make a difference, so try using radiator reflector panels throughout your home. These reflect heat from the radiator back into the room (instead of letting the heat out through the external walls) and are a great, low-cost investment.
During winter, it’s essential to keep the water in your pipes warm for as long as possible to reduce the amount of energy you use. One of the best ways to do this is to wrap them in a high-quality lagging material. This is available at most home stores and can be slipped around pipes of all sizes. According to the Energy Saving Trust, fitting a British Standard jacket around your hot water cylinder could also cut heat loss by over 75 per cent and save you £40 a year.
As winter sets in, you might have noticed some cold winds blowing round your house. These can be rather unpleasant, so try to make your home as airtight as possible. To do this, start by placing self-adhesive foam strips around windows and doors and use decorator’s caulk to fill in gaps in the floorboards. If you have a fireplace, fit a cap over the chimney pot or buy a chimney balloon to keep cold air out.
If you want to save money, swap traditional light bulbs for compact fluorescents and LEDs. These are a lot more economical and could reduce your outgoings throughout the dark spell. Once that’s done, make sure you turn all lights off when you leave a room and think about installing sensors when necessary. This will reduce your energy output and help cut costs.
A few small changes can make a big difference, so take action today.