We’re all aware nowadays the importance of saving energy when we’re heating and lighting our houses. But did you know all of these simple energy saving tips that you can do to reduce your energy bills?
We always recommend when you’re considering buying one of our energy efficient infrared heaters that you also consider these ways of reducing the energy that you use. Yup, our infrared heaters will save you money because they’re really cost efficient, but consider these energy saving tips as well!
Simple energy saving tips
- Turn down your thermostat, with infrared heating you’ll do this naturally because all the surfaces will be warmer. Just 1C lower can make a big cost saving!
- Sunshine! Make the most of it sunshine! If we’ve finally got a sunny day in the winter, get those curtains open and let it in. You might as well make use of the largest infrared heater!
- Have you got the best deal on your gas and electric costs? It’s easy to check and easy to switch to a better deal if you need to. There are a number of comparison sites available. Mr. Google can point you in the right direction.
- Get yourself a clothes dryer, hang up the washing instead of tumble drying, you’ll save a pretty penny.
- How about an extra blanket on the bed (or an extra cuddle) rather than having the heating on while you sleep?
- Room thermostats, all our heaters come with them as standard. Every room has different heating requirements, a thermostat in each room means that your heating system will be working efficiently and specifically as required.
- Cavity wall insulation, if you’ve not done it yet, bear in mind that around 1/3 of the heat lost in an uninsulated house disappears out through the walls!
- Solid wall insulation – just because you’ve got solid walls doesn’t mean you can’t insulate. You can add either external wall or internal wall insulation
- How about the floors? Gaps and draughts around skirting boards are a simple fix. Arm yourself with a tube of sealant (available from all DIY stores). Other draught proofing measures are equally important, a big gap under the doors, easily remedied with a fabric ‘sausage’ or a ‘brush’ that you can get from a DIY store. It’s worth noting that in a typical home around 20% of the heat loss is through poor ventilation and draughts…
- Loft insulation is quite often supported with a grant from your local authority, they may even come out and do the job for you. It’s worth checking. If not, it’s a relatively inexpensive thing to do. We hate the fibreglass insulation and there are sheep wool alternatives (a bit more expensive). Make sure you don’t fall through the ceiling!
- Hot water cylinder and pipework. All modern hot water cylinders will be supplied with either the blown foam insulation already there, or with a lagging jacket. If you’ve got an old cylinder make sure you put it in a jacket! Insulate the hot pipes wherever you can, you can get pipe insulation from the DIY store, it’s cheap and easy to do.
- Finally, hot water temperatures. Your hot water cylinder / boiler shouldn’t really be set at more than 65C that’s plenty hot enough and just a few degrees drop on your setting will save you some of that cold hard cash. Make sure your boiler is efficient
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