Save on energy costs in the home
How to conserve energy and save on energy costs in the home this winter
With winter hovering just over the horizon, now is the time to start thinking about how to conserve energy and save on energy costs in your home this winter. There are plenty of great things you can do to help lower your heating bills a bit this season. The following is a list of some things you can start to do now, to prepare for winter; and a few things you can do once winter is here, to keep your bills low and your wallet a bit fuller!
Look after your heating systems
One of the first things you can do is make sure that your heating is properly maintained. Not only will this help keep you safe, but it also will ensure that it is working at maximum efficiency. You will also want to have your heating system serviced to ensure that it is working at its best, so that you do not waste any energy.
Secondly, you can invest in a thermostat that lets you schedule your heating needs. For instance, during the day while you are not home, you can lower the temperature in your house and then schedule it to kick in a little higher before you arrive. You can also lower the heat at night while you and your family are sleeping. By lowering the temperatures while the home is not actively in use, you can help reduce the amount you spend on heating this winter.
Of course, insulation is a big issue, so before winter arrives you may want to take a look around your home to make sure that all of your window seals and door seals are properly in place and in good condition. Energy efficient curtains can also help keep warmth in and keep the cool air from penetrating. Remember, any draft will increase the energy that your heating system has to produce to keep the house evenly warmed.
If you have not yet looked at your loft, you may want to take a look at loft insulation and cavity wall insulation. In an effort to conserve energy across the country, the government is now offering grants to help offset the costs of insulating your home. It is estimated that adding insulation to your home can help reduce your energy consumption by as much as 15%, making it well worth the investment in just a couple of years. Additionally, if you plan to sell your home down the line it will help increase its value, which is a nice bonus.
And last but not at all least look for a good fuel provider who is not going to charge you an arm and a leg. Thompson Fuels constantly reviews their prices to make sure that their customers are getting the best deals on home heating oil, coal and bottled gas. Order online today for the best prices in Northern Ireland.