As the dreaded cold nights creep in and homeowners across Britain contemplate turning the central heating on for the first time since spring, it’s time to start thinking about insulating your home in the cheapest, most energy efficient ways as possible. Here are some top tips on keeping warm without turning the thermostat on full blast.
Say Goodbye to Drafts
A simple yet extremely effective solution and often overlooked by busy households; make sure you protect your home against the elements by blocking out those nasty drafts. How? Get crafty and save money by making your own draft snake (see step by step instructions on the Good Housekeeping website). According to a U.S energy survey, drafts in the home can waste anywhere between 5% to 30% of energy – so make sure you keep doors closed whenever possible.
Make Your Windows Energy Efficient
There are many ways you can make your windows more energy efficient. Double or triple glazed glass has much better insulation properties than single glazing. You will also need to consider the type of glass coating, and the type of frame such as UPVC (see here), wooden or aluminium when finding a window suitable for your home and budget. For under £20, you can also buy a window insulation kit from a local home improvement store and these kits are extremely easy to use.
Use Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFLs)
Save money and energy by replacing all the lightbulbs in your house. Switch from incandescent to fluorescent and you will get 12 times as much energy from your bulbs. CFL lightbulbs cost more than the old fashion incandescent lightbulbs but over time, they will save you a lot of money.
Replace Garden Lights with Candles / Solar Lights
If you love to entertain in your garden on evenings, garden lighting is probably extremely important to you. Candles are extremely festive and romantic so what better time than now to adorn your garden with gorgeous candles and lanterns instead of using garden uplights and downlights. You can also replace your lamps with candle powered lanterns inside the home too if you want to create a nice ambience for a quiet night in. See this step by step guide on making scented Christmas candles.
Use Tin Foil with Your Radiator
That reflective silvery foil may not be much of a looker, but when strategically placed you can create a much more efficient spread of heat and energy throughout a room. Simple kitchen tinfoil will do for this DIY project or you can actually purchase specialist radiator foil to place behind your radiators. Read more on The Guardian about how foil can help you beat the cold this winter.