It’s that time of year again; where you wake up, jump out of bed and immediately realise you’re cold. It’s icy outside and you have no choice but to switch your heating on so you get the luxury of a warm house and a hot shower when you need it. However, having the heating on means higher energy bills, and whether you’d prefer to have more cash for Christmas or you’re trying to go green, a big energy bill is the last thing you want to see. So, how can you cut down at this time of year?
Turn the Temperature Down
It’s important to stay warm during the Winter, but turning your thermostat down by just 1 degree can save you up to 10% of your average Winter bill. If you’ve usually got the temperature up at 25 degrees Celsius, try turning it down to 22 instead and it could make a huge difference, to your pockets and your energy usage.
Wrap up Warm
If you’re concerned about your energy usage, but you’re walking around the house in nothing but boxer shorts while your heating is turned right up, you aren’t going to save anything. Before turning your heating on, make yourself nice and cosy. Wrap up in thick socks, big jumpers and have a few blankets ready for use on the sofa. Not only will it save you from having your heating on high, but there’s nothing nicer than cuddling up to your partner under the blankets on a cold night.
Are You Getting a Good Deal?
Most of us take our deals with energy providers for granted. We tend to pay what we need to every month and not think too much about it. The problem with that is that we don’t realise when we’re being overcharged for a service. It’s important to compare energy providers and find out if you can get a better deal elsewhere. Even if you don’t want the hassle of changing providers, just mentioning that you can get a cheaper service elsewhere to your existing providers could be enough for them to drop your costs.
Warm Up with Appliances
You’ve probably noticed that having the oven or tumble dryer on in the kitchen tends to heat the room up quickly. If you know you’ll be spending a lot of time in the kitchen when these appliances are on, you may not need the heating on in the rest of the house. Once you’ve finished cooking and switched the oven off, leave the oven door open to allow heat to escape into the room. However, you should be very wary of this method if you have young children.
We don’t tend to think about it too much, but using a smaller oven ring for your pan will save more energy than if you were to use a large ring. So, if you’re heating up some hot chocolate instead of cooking a meal, use a smaller ring to save more energy.