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Stay Warm, Save Money, Reduce Your Impact

Via The Daily Mail With the coldest winter for five years expected in the coming months, people in chilly areas rely heavily on their central heating systems. But with over 70 per cent of household energy consumption spent on heating homes, there is much to be gained in reducing this figure. Robert Marchand, a Lecturer in Operations Management at the University of Sheffield, explains the easy ways to keep your house warm, while saving money. Heating homes accounts for over 70 per cent of household energy consumption. So reducing this figure – while keeping homes warm enough – not only cuts energy bills, but helps meet the carbon reduction commitments that governments strive to achieve.

Here are 10 simple tips for keeping your home warm for little or no extra cost – just in time for that severe weather warning.

 

1. USE YOUR CURTAINS

Heat from the sun is free so make the most of it.

Open your curtains and let the sunlight in during the day to make use of this free heat.

When it gets dark, shut your curtains, which act as another layer of insulation and keep warmth in your rooms.

You should also make sure you don't have any leaks or gaps so that the warm air can stay in and the cold air stays out – this also helps to reduce condensation.

 

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 2. USE TIMERS ON YOUR CENTRAL HEATING

The Centre for Sustainable Energy advises that programming your boiler to turn the heating on a little earlier – such as 30 minutes before you get up in the morning – but at a lower temperature is cheaper than turning it on just as you need it at a higher temperature.

This is because a boiler heats up at a constant speed whether you set your thermostat to 20°C (68°F) or 30°C (86°F).

But don't make the mistake of leaving your heating on low all day – because then you're just paying for heat when you don't need it.

 

3. MOVE YOUR SOFA

It might feel great to have your favourite seat in front of the radiator, but it's absorbing heat that could be warming your home.

By moving it away from the radiator, hot air can circulate freely.

The same goes for your curtains or drying clothes – keep them away from the radiator so that you can get the most out of your heat source.

 

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4. WRAP UP WARM

If you have a hot water tank, make sure it is properly lagged – or insulated.

This will keep the water warmer for longer, and reduce heating costs.

The Energy Community reckons that insulating an uninsulated water tank could save up to £150 ($185) a year – but even just upgrading your tank's 'old jacket' will help to save money.

 

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 5. TURN DOWN THE DIAL

This may seem a little counter-intuitive, but bear with me.

The World Health Organisation previously recommended a minimum temperature of 21°C (70°F) in the living room, but Public Health England revised this to 18°C (61°F) in 2014.

And research shows that turning your thermostat down by 1°C (34°F) could cut your heating bill by up to 10 per cent.

So keep the dial at 18°C (61°F), save money and avoid the negative impacts of a cold home.

 

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For five more tips & tricks read more at The Daily Mail.

 

 

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