With the cost of our energy bills going up and up in recent years, it stands to reason that homeowners will want to do all they can to keep them down. That’s before you even think of the positive environmental impact you can have by reducing your energy consumption.
So, if you want to save some energy this winter, what can you do? According to Heating, Ventilating and Plumbing Magazine, there are some very simple steps you can take.
Among them is making sure that all of your windows are at least double glazed – some households even opt for triple glazing. According to the publication, one-third of UK homes still have single glazed windows, which will significantly ramp up heating bills.
By switching to double glazed panes, you could save up to £100 a year on your heating bills, as well as the other benefits such as reduced noise from outside your home.
Of course, if you live in a period property and want to keep features such as sash windows, you may not be sure of the best way to upgrade. But it’s possible to have new windows without altering the character of your building if you opt for bespoke double glazing where you have particularly distinctive windows and frames.
Other top tips for saving energy this winter include switching off the lights in rooms you’re not using, and turning your thermostat down by just one degree celsius. According to the publication, dropping the temperature of your heating by this amount could save you up to ten per cent a year on your bills.
Last month, Cambridge News revealed there are a number of things you should do before you turn on your central heating this winter. They include getting your boiler serviced, investing in draught excluders and getting reflector panels for your radiators.