Despite the promise, and the no-show, of snow just a couple of weeks ago the weather seems to only be getting colder.
So, if you haven’t already now is a good time to take a look around your home and make sure you’re prepared and comfortable for the long Winter nights.
This month we’ve compiled a few of our top tips to help ensure your home is both warm and energy efficient with easy fixes and long term investments.
Have a read below:
How Is Your Home Losing Heat?
When it comes to household costs, heating can be one of the biggest. Yes, we all want our homes to be comfortable but that shouldn’t mean paying over the odds during the colder months of the year.
Most households lose heat through the windows and roof where cold air enters the house through gaps in doors & windows and convection currents transfer this heat energy in the loft to the roof tiles. Energy can also leave the house by radiation through the walls, roof, and windows.
But heating can be one of the areas where you could save the most money with a few simple steps.
A Few Useful Tips
The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) you get when you buy a house will show the overall energy-efficiency rating for your home from A (the most efficient) to G (the worst). It will also contain advice on how to curb your carbon emissions and fuels bills. But for now, why not take a look below:
Many older properties do not have the correct insulation meaning that they are more difficult to keep warm. In fact, a home loses up to 30% of its heat through the walls and even more if they are not properly insulated.
Although seemingly an expensive investment, wall insulation can reduce heat loss by two-thirds ensuring that you save money in the long term.
Windows and Doors
Ill-fitting and draughty doors and windows can be a real problem. But there is a solution; replace your existing products with double glazing.
Unlike single glazed panels which transfer cold easily throughout your home, double glazing windows ensures an effective barrier against both heat and noise. Consisting of two panels of glass sandwiched between the outer and inner frame, a void between the two panes is filled with gas which acts as an insulator.
Block out the draughty wind with a good pair of thick, heavy curtains. Try and get some which are thermally lined or back them yourself for additional protection.
You may also consider adding a rail across the front door so that you can hang up a heavy door curtain to block out any draughts.
A further 30% of heat is lost through the roof.
The easiest way to reduce and save on heating bills is again to turn to insulation, this time for the roof. In fact, Which? suggest that loft insulation can save you as much as £240 on your energy bills.
This is a simple process which you may considering doing yourself. However, you should note that guidelines suggest that your insulation should be 270mm thick. If you already have insulation in you loft check to see if it falls short of this recommended figure and simply top.
The colder it gets the more likely your radiators are working hard to keep your home heated. But don’t make it difficult on them and harsher on your wallet by blocking radiators with any furniture or indeed a week’s worth of washing.
In addition, if you radiators are situated on an outside wall a lot of their heat may be going in the wrong direction. You can however buy heat reflective foil that sits behind them to ensure that heat energy is bounced back in the right direction.
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