Keeping your house warm during winters is a challenging task but something that must be given due diligence. Use the following practices I have highlighted below to make your home more energy efficient during cold weather.
Increase the insulation
Everyone loves a comfortable and green home setting especially in cold season, so put in some effort to save energy by installing more insulation. Almost 25% heat is lost through the roof and a third from the walls of an uninsulated home. Go for cavity wall insulation, loft insulation and energy saving schemes from professional vendors.
Draught Proof Your Windows & Doors
Get your doors draught proof and windows like metallic or sash windows double glazed to minimize heat loss. This can save you almost £25 per year according to Energy Saving Trust. Use Self-adhesive rubber seals around doors and windows for DIY draught proofing. Here are some details on sash windows draught proofing.
Get Thermostatic radiator valves
Use heating controls and thermostatic radiator valves to conserve energy. You can program the heating dynamics so you only use energy when required. It can get you up to 40% energy savings as per a research by the University of Salford.
Insulate Your Water Tank
As recommended by the Energy Community, it is a good idea to get your water tank insulated as this can save heating expenses and keep the water warm for long. Get your tank insulated properly to save up to £150 a year.
Keep The Temperature Down
Use a low temperature reading for your home’s interior when optimizing internal heating. A reading of 18 degrees is suggested by Public Health England for living rooms. Keeping your thermostat’s temperature down by even 1°C gets you a bill reduction of almost 10%.
Get A better Thermostat
Make sure you are thermostat’s boiler is energy efficient and not too old. Upgrade it to a new version that has been designed for energy conservation. Install a new A-ranked condensing boiler and save up to £350.
Install Radiator Panels
Radiator Panels are great at reflecting heat back in the room and they come with an inexpensive price tag. Ask an expert to install it in your home so that the heat generated keeps the area warm without heating up the walls.
Use Heavy curtains
It is a good idea to make use of heavy curtains that will manage the heat loss for you during night and keep your room warm in the day. Just open your curtains in the day to let the sunlight seep in. In the night, keep them shut, so the heavy fabric acts as an insulation barrier preventing further heat loss. It will also help minimize condensation by keeping cold air out and warm air inside.
Optimize Your central heating
Set timers to make your central heating work more effectively. As indicated by the Centre for Sustainable Energy, set the timer for 30 minutes earlier but at a low temperature reading. Avoid keeping your thermostat’s boiler on low heat all day, as it would only add to electricity costs.
Check For Unnecessary Heat Absorption
Prevent heat loss by shifting your favorite couch, curtains or lounger so it does not face the radiator’s front. This way hot air can circulate freely around the area, as the sofa will not absorb it or any furniture item or fabrics placed in its way and your home will stay warm and cozy.