As the weather turns colder and the days turn shorter home heating bills rise. If you are looking for ways to cut your home energy bills and live environmentally there are a few things you can do around the home. Not only will they cut your home energy bills for the next 12 months but for years to come. Take a look at our advice below.
Cavity wall insulation
Around one-third of heat lost in the home passes through the walls. For houses built before 1990 these are likely to have cavity walls. This is two walls with a gap in between them. This gap is usually filled in when we refer to cavity wall insulation. It can be done with mineral wool, polystyrene beads or polyurethane foam. This is a job for a registered installer and can usually be done in 2 hours.
Warm air rises so a lot of the heat in your home could be lost via the loft, up to 25% a year. Cutting down on heat loss in the loft is an effective way to cut down your home energy bills. Loft insulation can be in the form of mineral wool between the joists if your loft is not used as a room. If your loft is a living space in your home, then look at insulating the roof rather than the floor.
On your windows fit draught-proofing strips to fill the gap between the window and the frame. These strips come in three different types: foam, metal or plastic. The foam tape is readily available from most DIY stores and is easy and quick to install, whereas the metal or plastic strips are more expensive but most likely will last longer than the foam tape. The other option is to choose foam sealant that is sprayed into gaps around windows.
Draught proofing your door is really quick and easy way to save money on your energy bills. Begin with the keyhole, choose a cover that drops a metal disc over the keyhole. Measure up your letter box and choose a flap or brush to prevent any unwanted energy losses. Check around the edges of your door for gaps and fit strips made from wiper, brush or foam. Check the bottom of the door for cold air coming in and fit a weather bar or door brush strip to seal in warm air in your house.
Installing a smart thermostat will give you small gains in saving money. There are different types of smart meters to install depending on the features you want. Most of them are controlled by computer or mobile phone but some of them can learn your routine. Being able to turn off your heating whilst unexpectedly out at friends can save you money by not heating the house up while no-one is there.
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