Energy Saving Tips To Save Money This Winter

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Energy Saving Tips To Save Money This Winter

Conserving energy is important all year round — both for the planet and our pockets. However, as winter draws in and the temperature drops, you may find it’s even more noticeable. Having the heating on more and using more lights and lamps can see your bills rising.

If you’re looking to save some money and reduce your carbon footprint, read on for some energy saving tips.

How can we save energy in winter?

In the winter, we tend to use more energy to heat our homes, ensure we have hot water, and to light up the dark mornings. Even if your home is as energy-efficient as possible, there are actions we can take to reduce energy consumption and keep bills low. 

Switch to energy-efficient light bulbs

Did you know that LED light bulbs use up to 75% less energy than standard bulbs? Keep your home bright and your bills low by making an efficient switch. 

You could also look into solar powered lights for outside areas. As the evenings get darker earlier, it can be helpful to have something to light the way up your garden path.

Solar lights harness the power of the sun to guide you home and reduce the risk of tripping over. 

Let your laundry pile up

It can be more efficient to wash bigger loads of laundry. Washing machines use the same amount of energy and water with every wash. If you share a house, consider doing your laundry with your housemates or family members.

Dry less

In contrast, the more you put in a tumble dryer, the more energy it uses. If you have a garden, air dry your clothes outside or reduce the amount of laundry you put in the dryer. Setting your washing on an extra spin cycle can also reduce the amount of drying time you need.

Use cooking pot lids

When cooking pasta, steaming veg or heating up soup, top your pot with a lid. Less heat can escape, making your cooking more efficient.

Keep the oven door closed while cooking...

Every time you open the oven door, it cools by a significant amount. Keeping the door closed not only helps speed up your cooking time but can also save on energy costs. 

Cooking bigger batches and using them throughout the week can also help save you money on food and reduce your monthly expenses.

...But open the oven door after cooking

Want to keep your kitchen warm? After you’ve finished cooking with the oven, leave the door open — all that lovely heat will permeate the space. 

Fill the sink up

It might not seem the most pleasant to leave your dishes to pile up on the kitchen counter. However, washing up in bigger loads can help you save water. Fill the sink up to wash rather than having the tap continuously running.

Switch off devices and unplug them at night

It’s tempting to just put laptops and other electronics on standby when not in use. However, this still uses energy. Try to remember to switch them off fully. Did you know that many appliances and devices actually still draw electricity even if they’re powered off? Unplug them at night to save energy.

Keep doors and windows closed

Simple actions like ensuring doors and windows are closed can make a difference to your energy bills. If you’re only using one room, keep the doors closed to stop the warmth from escaping.

Embrace blankets

Do you get chilly in bed? Consider layering blankets over your duvet to keep you toasty. That way, you can lower your radiator levels.

Set a heating timer

Programming your thermostat is a good way to monitor your energy use and get the most out of your heating. You can ensure it’s lowered or switched off while you’re out. 

How can I make my home more energy efficient in winter?

As well as daily actions, you might want to look into more permanent solutions for making your home more energy efficient. Though these can seem expensive at first, the upfront cost will help you save money in the long run.

Insulate your loft and walls

Does your home have poor insulation? This is one of the biggest causes of energy wastage. Effective loft insulation can help your home retain up to 25% more heat, saving you up to £225 each year. Wall insulation can also contribute to energy and financial savings.

Upgrade your boiler

Unfortunately, not all boilers are made equal. Boilers follow efficiency ratings on a scale of A to G. A is the most efficient, so if yours is on the lower end of the scale or if you’ve noticed it’s not working as well as it once did, it might be time for an upgrade. Getting the right boiler could shave hundreds of pounds off your annual bill. 

Install double glazing

If your home has single-glazed windows, you could be losing a lot of heat and money. Double glazing keeps the heat in, saving money in the long run and ensuring you stay warm over winter. 

Switch to a cheaper energy tariff

It can be a good idea to shop around for the most affordable energy suppliers. Finding green tariffs can is also a great way to ensure your energy consumption is as eco conscious as possible.

Financing your energy-efficient home

If you’re thinking about improving your home’s insulation but are worried about paying a lump sum, you might want to consider taking out an affordable loan.

At Salad Money, we offer fair, low-interest loans to public sector workers, including those in the NHS and armed forces. Borrowing from Salad Money can give you the opportunity to get your property primed for an energy-efficient winter, saving you money for years to come.

You can borrow up to £1000 to help cover the cost of improving your home’s insulation and energy efficiency. If you’d like to learn more, get in touch with the Salad Money team or apply online for your ethical loan today.

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