Spring is on the way, but the cold weather is still leaving homeowners reaching for the heating dial. It is thought that as many as 11 million britons were guilty of overheating their property last month with interiors reaching a sizzling 28 degrees!
It may be tempting to crank up the thermostat and overheat your home to combat the cold, but it could be adding a further £1.4 billion to your electricity bill. There are simple steps homeowners can take to leave their property feeling toasty warm in the run up to the summer months while paying less for energy.
1) Insulate your loft
Everyone knows that heat rises and for this reason our top floors usually store heat making for the cosiest bedrooms. This can however be a nightmare for some people if these rooms are not properly insulated.
If you fail to insulate your home you stand to lose all that warmth as heat will pass through your roof; making you feel colder and more likely to switch up the heating! Remedy this situation and you could save up to £150 per year - that’s money you could put towards a summer holiday or… double glazing (another way to conserve energy)!
2) Use the sun to your advantage
Despite the noticeable chill in the air, the sun’s rays still bring a little sun into your home. It’s free, so take full advantage of the extra warmth. The rays beaming into your room will reduce the length your furnace needs to be on. Keep your curtains open during the day to fill your room with a brightness and direct sunlight into your home.
3) Solar Panels
Installing solar panels can be extremely rewarding for homeowners looking to shave money off their electricity bills each year. This is a long-term fix to all your heating woes; solar panels capture the sun’s energy using photovoltaic cells and direct heat to your home leaving you feeling warmer for longer.
What’s more, they can be used to generate electricity even on a cloudy day. These cells convert the sunlight into electricity, which can be used to run household appliances and lighting.
4) Replace your boiler
Did you know the type, size and make of your boiler can significantly reduce your heating costs? When it comes to the types of boilers on the market, there are three main types to consider: Combi, Conventional and System.
Do your research before making a purchase to ensure you select the right boiler for your household and heating needs. If you replace your old G-rated boiler with a modern A-rated boiler with a full set of heating controls, you could save up to £340 a year!
5) Replace worn weatherstripping
Wear and tear around the corners of your windows and doors can lead to drafts making their way into our homes - how rude! If you don’t see to this problem you are not only letting warm air out of the house, but inviting cold air indoors.
Spring is the perfect time to put your polished cleaning to the test and replace the worn weatherstripping that’s been causing you to feel a chill in the colder months. This is typically a quick job that is as simple as pulling off the old and resealing.
Is your home one of the 2 million homes within the region that qualifies for home insulation and heating? If you can relate to these energy related troubles, then you could be eligible. To find out, complete our simple online enquiry form or get in touch via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did you know that you do not have to be on benefits to get help with improving the energy efficiency of your home? We have schemes for everyone.
Over 650,000 homes within the area potentially qualify for help to reduce their Energy Bills. Cosy Homes in Lancashire has been set up by all 15 Local Authorities to provide you with a simple way to find out if you are one of them.
Find out which services you are eligible for by answering one simple question:
Do you live in Lancashire with a household income of less than £30,000 or do you receive an income or disability related benefit of some kind (including Tax Credits, Carers Allowance, Attendance Allowance etc)?