As we move closer to the end of January it seems that the worst of the winter is yet to come; with the East Coast of America having been battered from storm Jonas unfortunately for us in the UK it is only a matter of time before it crosses the Atlantic and gives us some of the same good news.
As such many of us are now fleeing indoors to seek refuge in the dry and warm, however the price we pay for our warm and dry homes is often quite large both in terms of the increased cost in our energy bills and in terms of the damage caused to the environment that greater energy usage creates.
We don’t expect anyone to be switching off all the lights, wrapping themselves’ up in cotton and hibernating over the winter to save money, however there are a number of ways you can help save energy and the environment whilst at the same time save yourself a sizeable sum in the process, especially if you’re in the process of moving home. Here are some tips from our friends at Taylors estate agents if you’re planning on moving house soon and want to make sure you’re not going to be living in a freezer any time soon:
- For starters have a look at your central heating system (boiler, heating controls and radiators) and determine whether or not it could do with an upgrade. Old boilers a far less efficient than new ones and in the long run can end up costing you far more in bills than it would cost to upgrade to a newer model. Also ensure that you have a timer fitted so you can control the time of day that you boiler comes on and so that you are not needlessly heating the house when there is no one home. Ideally on use relevant branded boiler spares to avoid voiding your home or boiler insurance. Finding a good supplier of boiler parts and accessories can help to save you a lot in the long run. Everything from gaskets to simmerstats will be available for you to look through.
- Installing thermostatic radiator valves can give you extra control over you heating system by allowing you to control which radiators will come on and at what level meaning you won’t needlessly be heating rooms in your home that no one will be staying in. They are a cheap and effective way to save a small fortune.
- Look into getting you home insulated with cavity wall and loft insulation. There is currently a government grant scheme that will provide this for a fraction of the price if not completely free, contact your local authority to see what you could be entitled to. There are also similar schemes available for double glazing however these are far less popular among local authorities.