December is normally a penny-pinching month too, so we’ve rounded up a selection of quick tips to save money on your energy bills.
- Place tin foil behind radiators, it will reflect the heat and stop it from being lost through the exterior walls
- Put your heating on interval timings, so that the heating isn’t on constantly when it’s cold but the home still remains a similar temperature all day long
- Heavy curtains keep in the warmth, the sooner you draw the curtains the cozier the room will be, and the warmer it will stay
- Reseal any gaps in the skirting board, around the doorframes and light switches. Any small holes could leak your warm air into the cold, and vice versa
- If you’re only using one room for a long period of time, i.e. watching TV in the living room then just heat that room, it may be expensive and pointless to heat the whole house if you’re only planning on staying in one room for a while
- I know it sounds silly, and obvious, but wear warmer clothes. Every degree you turn your heating down, you’re saving money. Every penny help
- Again, it’s obvious, but turn off the lights when you’re not using a room
- Invest in a hot water bottle
- Use solar-powered outdoor Christmas lights, rather than ones plugged into the mains. Although they are usually slightly more expensive to buy initially, they will save you an awful lot over the course of the Christmas months
- If you have a fireplace, light a fire to keep cosy indoor
- Check your meter reading accurately. Often energy suppliers charge you an ‘estimated’ bill, where they let you know how much they think you’ve spent, however if you’re being conscious you must check this as it may save you a lot of money if they are sending you inflated bills. If you’re not sure how to take a gas meter reading, click here.
As more of a long-term investment in saving energy, make sure you have a fully insulated loft, double-glazed windows and a decent energy supplier.
If you have a gas meter but are unsure how to take a reading take a look at this page.
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