With winter and the cold weather already here in the UK most of us have already been turning the heating up on a sliding scale as the weeks run up to Christmas.
That can be worrying considering there's rent to pay and the festive season itself to fork out for. But it's not all doom and gloom. There are ways to stay warm without running up your energy tariff. How so, read on:
Ways to stay warm this winter without breaking the bank
- One of the biggest ways of losing heat is via doors and windows. invest in a handful of good draught excluders and remember to use them.
- Hang a curtain up behind the main door to keep heat in and if you've heavier curtains with lining then put them up at the windows.
- A bit of a no-brainer these days is to switch to LED light bulbs. They may be a bit more costly initially but they last up to 50 times longer than traditional incandescent light bulbs. They also use up to 80 per cent less power.
- Try not to leave appliances on stand-by. Your phone charging over night, games console left on and shower switch still powered up will all affect your quarterly bill. In fact, switching them off could save you up to £30 a year according to the Energy Savings Trust.
- Keep warm with your own body heat by wearing lots of layers (those of us who have been students remember this tactic well). Invest in some thermal vests and leggings and see the difference.
- Your fridge/freezer costs between £39 and £51 a year to run, says the Energy Saving Trust who also add that turning it down a few degrees cut lower your energy bill for it by around 25 per cent.
- When cooking on the hob don't use a bigger ring than you need to for the pot as this will waste electricity or gas.
- Cooking several meals in the oven at once then heating them in the microwave when needed can cut down on your cooker's bill.
- When washing clothes it's a good idea to keep the temperature low (30 degrees) since most money when it comes to a washing machine is spent on heating the water.
The above tips are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to keeping warm in your home this winter without adding to your utility bills. Why not try them and see how much extra cash you'll have in your bank account come January?