Winters are always challenging in terms of energy consumption and most families struggle to pay their bills this time of year. With heating turned on 24/7, energy bills reach unreasonable amounts and it’s not uncommon for parents to reduce their budget for holiday gifts because otherwise they cannot manage. If you also struggle with this problem, then perhaps these tips will help you save energy and lower energy consumption.
Insulate your house
The first solution comes in the form of an investment: insulation. It will cost you some money, but this is the safest, most effective solution and it is also the only one that works in the long run. According to the experts from gni.ca, a properly installed insulation pays off in a matter of months and fixes most energy issues for good, eliminating the need for other changes. Why is this? Because insulation fixes the one thing that always causes high energy consumption: cracks around doors and windows. No matter how expensive your heating system is, the bills will always be high if heat escapes through tiny openings. In an insulated house, the heat stays in and it will no longer be necessary to keep the heating turned on all the time, which obviously leads to lower energy bills. An average sized house can be insulated in a couple of days, the attic and basement included. An investment of this scale doesn’t come in handy only in winter. In fact, summers will be cooler too, so you won’t have to rely on air con.
Lower the thermostat
During harsh winters, it’s tempting to turn up the thermostat all the way up to 25 degrees Celsius. But is this always necessary? Doctors advise homeowners to lower the thermostat a bit, especially at night, because a sudden temperature change when going outside could lead to colds and a weakened immune system. Ideally, the thermostat shouldn’t be set higher than 21 degrees Celsius (69.8 degrees Fahrenheit) and you should turn it off whenever possible, especially when there is no one home. Grabbing a warm sweater instead of turning up the thermostat can reduce your bills with up to 20%.
Upgrade old appliances
There is a huge difference between the appliances available on the market today and the ones available five years ago, not only in terms of design and features, but also in terms of energy efficiency. Old appliances are slow, have low performance and require a lot of energy, so you shouldn’t think twice before upgrading them. Combined with the other changes above, a brand-new refrigerator and washing machine will make bills more manageable and help you have more affordable, stress-free winters.
If you want to boost energy efficiency to the max, you can also follow these simple habits that make a difference:
- Keep your curtains drawn at evening and at night to keep the warm air inside
- Lower the thermostat at night
- Get rid of moisture by installing extraction fans
- Replace old bulbs with LED lights
- Replace your showerhead with an energy efficient one
- Do not leave appliances in stand-by mode.