Energy bills are one of the biggest drains on the family budget, so you should be doing everything you can to cut them!
If your home seems to feel constantly cold, it might be because there are draughts running through it. And when your home feels cold, your immediate reaction is to turn the heating up a bit more, and that just costs you even more money. So, you should find what’s causing the draught and take action.
The most common cause of them are gaps that can usually be found in your doors and windows. Some of them are normal like keyholes, but other gaps are not meant to be there. Check the frames of all your windows and if they’re loose or full of gaps, fill them with some sealant.
Insulate Your Home
The easiest way to keep as much heat in your home as possible is to stop it from escaping. And the only way to stop it from escaping is by insulating your home. Insulation should be updated after a certain amount of time, and if you don’t have any insulation at all, you need to get it installed.
It’s possible to do the work yourself, but it’s much quicker and easier to get in touch with an insulation contractor, as they know what they’re doing. Your loft and walls are the most important areas to insulate to start with. This will instantly cut down on your energy usage. And then you can think about insulating the floor to make your home even more airtight.
Monitor Your Use of Appliances
The family home is full of all kinds of appliances, and we tend to leave them on throughout the day, even when we’re not using them. It’s hard to keep track of all the appliances we use, especially when you have children. They use consoles and televisions, and you can be sure they’re left on standby most of the time!
You should make every effort to minimize the amount of time your appliances are using electricity though. Your energy bills are big enough already without leaving hundreds of appliances plugged in 24 hours a day. Tell everyone to switch off any appliances when they’re not in use and you’ll start to see the difference in savings.
Upgrade Your Windows
Anyone who is still persevering with old single glazed windows needs to make an upgrade as quickly as possible. They let out a lot of heat from your house, which means you have to heat your home for longer periods of time and more often. And the result of that is larger energy bills!
You might not like the idea of spending a lot of money on getting new windows installed, but you could actually save money in the long-term. And if you already have double glazed windows, you could upgrade even further and get triple glazed windows. These keep in even more heat, saving you more money.
None of us has money to waste, so put these simple ideas into action. The money you save might be even more than you expect.