As the temperature begins to gently subside and we reach for the neglected thermostat, it’s a good time to consider how we can make our homes and businesses as energy efficient as possible and get the most from our winter fuel.
Some tips may seem obvious but making small changes to our buildings can make big savings across the colder months.
- Set your home heating to come on just before your alarm clock goes off and to switch itself off roughly at the same time you are going to bed. If you are heating business premises, use the same method, so the heating comes on and goes off around your opening hours. This prevents heating an unoccupied space.
- Ask yourself if all of your rooms need to be heated. If you mainly use the living room during the day and bedroom at night, consider heating only one room at a time. By shutting doors and curtains you will contain more of the heat.
Insulation around your home
Your home will best retain warmth when fully insulated. Insulation can’t be recommended highly enough and should be considered an extremely wise investment.
- Draught proof any gaps around windows and doors.
- Insulate all wall cavities.
- You should have at least 4 inches of insulation in your loft but you don’t have to stop there, the more insulation, the more heat will be retained. As heat rises, an uninsulated loft will lose a quarter of all heating.
- A cheap but effective fix is to insulate your hot water cylinder and pipes.
- Draw all of the curtains in your home on an evening to keep in the generated heat.
- Make sure that your radiators are clear from obstructions, allowing heat to flow.
Leaving your property empty over winter
- Set your thermostat to come on for an hour per day. Leave your heating settings as though your property is occupied during severe weather.
- Check your loft insulation lays under and over all pipe work.
- Make sure you know where your stop tap is, should you need to turn off the water supply. If anybody will be checking your property in your absence, show them where the stop tap is in case of emergencies.
- If high winds are forecast, make sure garden furniture is securely fastened down.
To get further advice on how to make your home more energy efficient, please phone
Energy Saving Advice Service (ESAS) on: 0300 123 1234 (calls are charged at standard national rate)
or visit www.gov.uk/energyhelp to find out what help you can get to improve the energy efficiency of your home.