Tip 1️⃣ – Insulation
Insulation is key to keeping your bills down.
Without insulation, heat can make its way out of your home. This means that your boiler will have to work harder which will drive up your heating bills.📈
So making sure your home is well insulated will keep the heat within the walls.🏠
There are many types of insulation and insulating your roof and loft is a must. You should also insulate cavity walls, solid walls, and the floor.✅️
Tip 2️⃣ – Boiler
Older boilers are usually temperamental and unreliable. They are less energy efficient too.👎📉
As a boiler ages, it loses efficiency, making it more expensive to run as it consumes more fuel than it can convert to heat. ♻️
They are also potentially very dangerous, as there is a higher risk of carbon monoxide leaks or exposure!⚠️
If you’ve had the same boiler for a long time (8+ years), you should consider replacing it. This can lower your energy bills, improve your environmental impact and ensure your heating system is as safe as possible.
If you think getting a new boiler installed would be a good solution for you, you can book a free in-home survey with iSafe Gas to obtain a quotation to replace the boiler with a far more efficient system.✅️
Tip 3️⃣ – Double or triple glazing.
All properties lose heat through their windows, but double or even triple glazing can keep your home warmer and quieter, as well as reduce your energy bills. 🏠🌡
Double-glazed windows have two sheets of glass with a gap in between, which traps the heat, making your property more comfortable and energy efficient. ♻️
Although triple-glazed windows have three sheets of glass, they aren’t always better than double-glazed options, so always assess the best choice for your property.👍
Tip 4️⃣ – Heavy curtains.
If you don’t have a lot of money to spend on energy efficiency improvements, there are cheaper options for you to consider.👍
One of the easiest ways to keep your property warm is with heavy curtains. 🏠
Find curtains with thermal lining, or line your current ones yourself with cheap fabric. Putting thick curtains up in every room will protect your property from losing heat through the windows. Drawing your curtains at dusk will also help to keep the heat in when the cold nights set in.❄️🌡
Tip 5️⃣ – Draught proofing.
One of the cheapest and most efficient ways to save energy and money is by draught-proofing your property.💡
If you have any gaps around windows, doors, and floors, cold air will be let in and the heat will be able to escape.💨
To effectively draught-proof your property, block up any unwanted gaps that let cold air in. This way, you will save the warm air in your home and therefore use less energy trying to
keep it heated.🌡♻️
Tip 6️⃣ – Programmable thermostats.
Whether you’re a homeowner or a Landlord providing a home to tenants, it is a good idea to use a programmable thermostat in your property.💡
These allow you to set on and off periods for your boiler and select different temperatures in your home at different times of the day.🕑
This means that your property will be heated when it needs to be, and you can save money when you don’t need the heating on.♻️📈
Tip 7️⃣ – Insulate the pipes.
If you don’t already, it is a good idea to look into insulating the pipes throughout your property. 🏠
This will reduce the amount of heat lost and keep the hot water warmer for longer, ultimately saving you money.💰
Slipping pipe insulation around any exposed hot water pipes is easy if the pipes are accessible, and you can often complete the task yourself.♻️
Tip 8️⃣ – Insulate your hot water tank.
Similarly to pipe insulation, using a hot water tank jacket on an uninsulated tank will save energy and money. 💡
All jackets should be at least 80mm thick and cost around £15 to buy. Fitting one of these jackets can save up to 530kg in C02 emissions each year and save the average household around £902 on their yearly energy bill.💰
Not only is this an easy way to keep your property warm this winter, but it is cost-effective too.🏠📈
Tip 9️⃣ – Keep the doors open.
The debate over whether you should keep your doors open or closed has been going back and forth for some time, although it is widely believed that keeping the airflow going is important for your property. ♻️
Make sure that your internal doors are open throughout your home and you will keep the warm air moving through. If your doors are closed, the airflow process becomes slower, which uses more energy than allowing the heat to circulate.📉
Although you may want to keep the warmth contained, you will be better off allowing the heat to flow through your home.🌡🏠
Tip 🔟 – Floor coverings.
An easy and fairly cheap way to stop heat escaping through the floor (and to keep your toes warm!) is with floor covering.🌡
This could be a nice cozy carpet or a rug in rooms that have wooden/linoleum floors. Although this won’t make as much difference as floor insulation, it is still a simple way to keep your property warm.🤗
No matter what time of year it is, it’s a good idea to put a plan together that will keep your property warm all year round. Spending a bit of money now could save you in the long
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