No one wants to be dealing with a gas bill that’s far too high. We don’t have money to burn but that’s exactly what you’ll be doing when you allow your energy bills to rise and rise throughout the winter months. It might seem inevitable or like there’s nothing you can do to change it, but that’s not necessarily the case. You have more power to make those changes than you might think.
We’re going to look at some of the best and most sensible steps to take when you’re looking for eco-friendly ways to reduce your gas bills this winter. Not only will you be saving money but you’ll be doing your bit for the planet too.
Stop Letting Heat Escape
There are going to be certain spaces you want to heat up in the home. If you’re all in the living room, focus on heating that room. In order to do that efficiently and to avoid wasting energy, you need to stop letting heat escape the space. When that happens, you waste energy and end up having to use more of it to keep heating the space continually. It’s not efficient.
Start Using a Programmable Thermostat
Using a programmable thermostat could be the best way for you to save energy. It allows you to set at which times you want the home to be heated and for how long. It means that you can ensure the home is heated correctly, not too much and not too little. It makes a big difference and they’re becoming much more affordable to have installed in your home now too.
For a Quick Burst of Warmth, Drink a Hot Drink Instead
If you need to get a burst of heat that you can enjoy for a short period of time, simply have a hot drink. It might sound silly, but this makes a real difference. You don’t always need to put the heating on for hours just to feel a little warmer. Of course, there’ll be some days when this isn’t enough, but at some times, it will.
Insulate Your Home
Insulating your home is key. All the heat you generate and use in your home will leave right through the walls and roof if they aren’t properly insulated. You should check the insulation situation in your home and improve at as soon as you can if it’s not currently adequate. Poor insulation can be hugely damaging to the efficiency of your home.
Service or Replace an Old Boiler
If your boiler is old and a little past its best, it might be a good idea to have it replaced or serviced. That way, you can deal with its problems and ensure that everything is as it should be in terms of performance. You don’t want a poorly performing boiler to lead to higher gas bills and other energy related problems in your home.
There are lots of things you can do to become eco-friendlier around the home while saving money at the same time. We’ve covered some examples, but you might have some ideas you can try out too. We should all be doing everything we can do reduce our bills and our energy usage these days. Check out our previous posts about this very subject.