Having a big happy family, for the most part, is wonderful, happy, and rewarding. The house is always full of love and laughter, and there’s never a dull moment. Despite this, there are some downsides. One of these being the hefty energy bills that only ever seem to go up each time winter rolls around…
Luckily, there are plenty of tips and tricks to help with energy bills and reduce your monthly outgoings. Trying these simple methods can leave you with more money to spend on the things that really matter in life, like family holidays and making memories!
Here are some ideas to get your home ready for the colder weather to come:
Let the light in!
Sometimes (though rarely) we get lucky with the odd sunny day during autumn/winter time. This is the perfect opportunity to make the most of the natural elements. Open your curtains on the south-facing side of your house to allow the sunlight to stream through and heat up your rooms. Though you won’t notice an immediate help with energy bills, the long term benefits will be worthwhile!
Pay attention to your boiler.
Another important thing to keep in mind is your boiler. After all, it is arguably the most important appliance to take care of in every household once the temperatures have dropped.
To ensure that your boiler and central heating system are running smoothly and efficiently, it is worth booking in for a professional service. A service involves a trained engineer assessing all aspects of your boiler, to identify any potential issues and prevent them from occurring further down the line.
On top of a service, power flushing your boiler is another way to boost your boiler’s efficiency and lower your energy bills. Over the months, sludge or debris can build-up and stop hot water from flowing freely around your home and boiler. Booking in a power flush essentially deep cleans your boiler, hugely improving the efficiency of your central heating and lowering your energy bills.
Sometimes, an issue with your boiler might be more serious. In this instance, you are presented with the decision of whether to attempt to repair your boiler or opt for a boiler replacement.
BOXT offers a simple and quick solution for family homes across the UK in need of a new boiler. They can provide extensive guidance and support with the entire process, from finding the right boiler for you to the removal of your old boiler and stress-free installation of your new one.
Opting for a new boiler can actually save you a ton of money in the long run, as you can rest easy knowing it is highly-efficient, safe, and effective at keeping your family home warm!
Upgrade any ancient appliances.
Have a think about the appliances around your home. If you’ve had any for many years, it is worthwhile treating your family and upgrading these. Whilst it may seem expensive initially, old appliances tend to run far less efficiently and can have a big impact on your energy bills each month.
Some appliances that may be costing you extra cash are your washing machine, tumble dryer, fridge-freezer, boiler, and more. When finding replacements, always prioritise finding those with the highest efficiency ratings to help with energy bills as much as possible.
Use your thermostat wisely.
Next tip is to program your thermostat to come on and off at logical times of the day. It’s no good leaving your boiler on all day whilst everyone is out and then wondering why your bills are sky high!
The best bet is to time your heating system to turn on just before you arrive home from work or the kids get home from school, to keep everyone happy. Technology is taking over these days, so why not opt for a smart home system? This way, you can monitor the temperature of your home whilst out and about.
Draught-proof your home.
Last but not least, draught-proofing your home is another easy way to save money on bills. All you have to do is be prepared for some DIY and block off any areas around your family home where the cold air tends to creep in.
Think fireplaces, old floorboards, windows, doors, and more – you can buy draught-proofers and excluders in all shapes and sizes to suit. You will no doubt notice a huge difference in your home’s temperature once the cold is kept out of your home, meaning you can be far less dependent on your boiler for keeping warm! The less your boiler is switched on, the more money you can save!