As autumn’s just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking of the simple changes we can make to keep our energy bills in summer mode. Take a look at our top five autumn energy saving tips to see what you can do in your home.
- Draught proof: Unless your home is very new, you’re likely to be losing some heat through draughts around doors, windows, chimneys and gaps around the floor. Why not buy some draught-proofing products such as sealant, draught strips or chimney draught excluders to keep in that heat you’re paying for.
- Check your controls: It's reached that time of the year when we all start to dust off the heating controls. Make sure your radiators are bled, thermostats set correctly, and your heating system is programmed to switch on only when needed to ensure your money isn't being wasted.
- Insulate your home: If you don't have wall or loft insulation, this might be the best time to get some. Loft and cavity wall insulation will keep your home warmer for longer, saving you money.
- Lighten up: Late autumn is the time when we all start to turn on our lights that bit earlier, but don't let that cost you more. Upgrade all your bulbs to energy saving alternatives like CFLs instead of standard bulbs, and LED spotlights instead of halogen ones. Making sure all your lights are energy saving varieties could save you money all through the autumn and winter.
- Wrap up: Heating costs can rise as the temperature dips, but why not try putting on a jumper and thick socks, then turning down your thermostat by 1 degree? It could save you up to £85-£90 a year.