Headed for Another Serious UK Winter… Be Prepared
The autumn/winter season is upon the UK, and with it comes blustery winds and cold temperatures. Last year the country suffered icy lows and lots of snow, and it is predicted that home and business owners should brace themselves for another winter that is full of widespread heavy snowfall and below average temperatures.
The wintry climate has its pros and cons; children love to play in the snow and make snowmen, and it can be extremely cozy cuddling up to loved ones by a lit fire. However, there are negatives too, such as dangerous driving conditions — but surely, one of the biggest downfalls is the rise in energy bills.
Britons tend to spend more during winter because it is colder, and consequently, the heating is turned on for longer periods of time. Findings published by Consumer Focus in April 2012 revealed that four in 10 people say their winter energy bill is even higher than last year, and a third state that their bill is higher than expected.
So how can you
save on energy costs? By preparing the home for the harsh weather- here are some top tips to help you cut your heating bills.
Installing a thermostat and programming it correctly can save you energy. By lowering the product by just one degree Fahrenheit you can cut the amount of energy used by 3%.
- Wrap up
Don’t turn up the heating if you are simply sat there with a t-shirt and shorts on. Wrap up warm and put on a jumper and a pair of socks; if you are still cold you should then put on the heating.
Avoid any precious heat getting out by sealing all the windows properly and keeping them shut as much as possible. As well as the windows, close all doors to keep each room warm and insulate living spaces with blinds, drapes or curtains. You can also improve the home’s efficiency with cavity wall insulation and loft insulation. This will help to reduce the amount of heat that gets out.
Check the efficiency of your home by carrying out maintenance on your heating systems to ensure they are operating competently. If you have a wood and pellet boiler, clean the flue vent and the appliance with a wire brush to maximize effectiveness and if you have a furnace, clean the filter.
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