Nine tips for becoming more energy-efficient this winter

Posted: 10th Dec 2018

As the temperatures continue to dip, energy bills are certain to soar

If you're looking for ways to help you to cut down on the bills you have, these tips from could be the early Christmas present you need...

1. Insulate the loft

Did you know nearly a quarter of the heat in a house gets lost via the loft? Get around this by preparing in advance and using some wall cavity insulation. It's an effective way to keep the heat in, subsequently helping you to use less energy too. The Energy Saving Trust has said it could end up saving homeowners as much as £115 a year.

2. Bleed the radiators

A tip to remember for next year - before winter arrives, bleed the radiators by opening the valve and letting the air out.

3. Exclude the draught

Keep an eye out on both the inside and outside of your doors. If you have an exterior door, it should come with a brush-style strip draught excluder, while interior doors will need to be fitted with self-adhesive draught strips. These are readily available in homeware or hardware stores.

4. Roll out the rugs

As lovely as they can look, having wooden floors can have a downside in winter - heat escapes through the cracks! However, placing a rug on the top of this helps to cover these gaps, subsequently preserving the heat. It also means you avoid treading on a cold floor in the mornings.

5. Double up

It could be the perfect time to increase your duvet’s tog level, helping you to stay snug in your bed.

6. Pipe lagging

Why not fit some foam tubes around your hot water pipes? It helps to keep the water hotter for longer, and takes seconds to fit.

7. Furniture arranging

Don't block your radiator with a sofa - instead, you should move the furniture around effectively, in a way that lets the heat circulate.

8. Energy-efficient shower heads

Think about investing in an efficient shower head which reduces the hot water you use. As less energy is used, the heating bill will be lowered.

9. Thicker curtains

By investing in a curtain made from a thicker fabric or blackout materials, you give yourself that extra insulation, subsequently blocking the draughts.