As social distancing is our new ‘normal’ and we spend more time indoors, it is likely that we will be using more energy in our homes. There are a number of ways to reduce the amount of energy that we use within our homes, and still keep warm. Every bit helps, so even small changes to how you heat your home can help you save. Let’s have a look at some energy reducing ideas that you can use in your home to stay warm during the cold winter, and without raising your energy bill.

Winter energy saving tips:

  • It’s best to only heat the rooms that you are using. Close the doors to the rooms that are not in use so that you use less energy to heat the rest of your house. 
  • Block up drafts. If cold air is getting in, warm air is getting out. Easy to make door snakes are an effective way to stop draughts from coming in under the door and stopping warm air from escaping. 
  • Shower, rather than bath – and keep them short. Heating the water for your shower uses up to 21% of your energy bill, so when you have shorter showers, you’ll save on your electricity bill.
  • Close your curtains. This is an easy way to stop heat from escaping. 
  • Your washing machine uses the same amount of energy, no matter how large your load. It’s more energy-efficient to do larger loads than small loads. 
  • Water in a covered pot heats faster and uses less energy. 
  • Remember to turn off your electronic devices at night, especially those like computer monitors that eat up electricity energy in sleep mode. Many electronics and appliances continue to draw electricity even when switched off. Unplug these when not in use. 
  • Say goodbye to traditional incandescent bulbs and say hello to energy-efficient compact fluorescent and LED light bulbs. These use much less energy than their counterparts, and, on top of that, last up to 25 times longer.

It doesn’t matter what season it is, it is always prudent to be aware of the ways you use energy and to make sure that you are doing what you can to save on energy, and your money. 

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