15 Cheap Ways To Help Save Energy

15 Cheap Ways To Help Save Energy

If you are looking to save on your energy bills without necessarily breaking the bank to do so, here are some of our top tips to save energy cheaply.

 

Get A Digital Thermometer

A digital thermometer that can record highest and lowest temperatures over a period of time, say, a day, can help you understand where the warmest and coldest parts of your home might be. This will also allow you to learn which rooms may need attention. It is also the first step of any energy saving plan – you need to know what you are working with!

 

Get a plug-in thermostat

This device can sit between an electric heater and the mains supply. It works ust like a normal thermostat in that it will switch the heater off once the temperature reaches the desired level. This will improve the efficiency of the heater as without a thermostat it will just keep on heating the room.

 

Get an electric blanket

During the winter months it is crucial that the bedroom is heated to comfortable temperature, especially with the elderly, unwell or young children. Aside from good bedding which is a must, the temperature can also be helped along with assistance from an electric blanket. These do have relatively high electricity consumption but should only be used for a short period of time before getting into bed and feeling the benefit.

 

Get a radiator key

Bleeding the radiators is a completely free way of improving the efficiency of your heating. Bleeding them means releasing the gases that can build up towards the top of a radiator reducing the amount of water that can get into it and so therefore heat the room.

 

Install a radiator shelf

Putting a small shelf above the radiator will reflect heat into the room that comes directly from the top of the radiator. You can but purpose built shelves that can clip onto the top of the radiator.

 

Install radiator reflector panels

These can be fitted behind the radiator onto the wall and can be particularly effective in older homes without cavity wall insulation. These can be purchased or just made yourself by using cardboard and cover it in foil before attaching to the wall.

 

Install a radiator booster

A radiator booster can help increase the amount of heat into the room and so can be useful on smaller radiators or those that are obstructed by furniture. It is an electrical device that will only come on when it detects heat so won’t add too much to the consumption. The pay-off is that the thermostat can come down a couple of degrees saving you energy on the initial heating.

 

Get a carbon monoxide alarm

While you are busy improving the insulation, draught-proofing and other efficiencies, remember that you’ll need to ensure your safety in the home by making sure there is no threat from carbon monoxide fumes. The last thing you want to do is block the flow of air around your home which is crucial to the safety of the building.

 

Use expanding foam

A great way to reduce draughts is expanding foam. This can fill the smallest to the largest of holes, gaps and cracks. Ensure though that you aren’t putting yourself in danger by blocking up too much and reducing the natural air flow around your home.

 

Use Papier-mache

A nearly free way to fill draughty gaps is to use papier-mache out of old newspapers and magazines.

 

Use sealant

For very small gaps consider using specialised sealant to close these up. Particularly useful for skirting boards and window frames

 

Install a letterbox flap

A letterbox flap keeps the draught out through the front door and is a very inexpensive solution to a common problem.

 

Use draught seals

If sealant or foam isn’t your thing, consider plastic seals that can be placed around your windows or doors

 

Fit some curtains

Regardless of the draught, curtains keep a lot of heat in and a lot of cold out, especially in single glazed homes.

 

A chimney balloon

If you use your fireplace from time to time this can be a great way to prevent heat escaping up and cold air coming down. If you never use your chimney then consider blocking the chimney completely with the help of a qualified tradesperson.

 

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