Tips on Saving Money This Winter

  • 18th October 2023
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When autumn and winter roll around, concerns about money often follow. The cold temperatures and dark evenings can bring extra household costs, with additional reliance on heating, electricity and plumbing. That’s not to say summer doesn’t have its own challenges, but winter can definitely put a strain on people.

To help you get prepared early, we’ve put together some tips and alternative ways to stay comfortable this season, whilst also reducing essential bills. Read on to find out how you can strategically keep your home hospitable on a budget.

Master the Art of Layering

When the cold weather arrives, your first instinct might be to turn up the heat. Instead, opt for layering clothing and blankets to keep warm. Wearing an extra jumper, adding thermal curtains to windows, and using draught stoppers on doors can help you avoid cranking up the temperature unnecessarily.

Seal Gaps and Insulate 

Check for gaps and draughts in your home's windows, doors, and walls. Use weatherstripping, caulking, or insulation to seal these areas. Proper insulation can significantly reduce heat loss, making your home more energy-efficient and comfortable. Investing in these improvements now can lead to long-term savings on your energy bills.

Not only will insulating keep warm air in during winter, but it will keep you cooler during summer, as well as prevent access points for creepy crawlies.

If you need to repair or update your windows, our glazing team is on hand to help. We can perform work that will improve your home’s insulation and maximise energy efficiency.

Use Your Thermostat Efficiently

To save on heating costs, set your thermostat at an optimal temperature. Lowering the thermostat by just a few degrees and wearing warmer clothing indoors can make a noticeable difference in your energy consumption.

You can also invest in a programmable thermostat to automatically adjust the temperature depending on the time of day, or for when you're away or sleeping. A smart thermostat allows you to adjust settings easily using your smartphone, so you don’t have to get up from your cosy sofa to change the temperature.

Embrace Natural Light

Maximise daylight hours by keeping curtains or blinds open during the day to let in as much natural light as possible. Don’t forget, natural light not only brightens your home but also provides warmth.

Take advantage of the sun's natural heat during the day by opening curtains or blinds on south-facing windows. This passive solar heating can raise the indoor temperature without relying on your heating system.

Be sure to close curtains and blinds at night to trap heat inside.

Upgrade to LED Lighting

Replace any remaining traditional incandescent bulbs in your home with energy-efficient LED lights. LEDs consume significantly less electricity, last longer, and emit less heat. Consider installing dimmer switches to control lighting levels, and be mindful of turning lights off in unoccupied rooms.

If you don’t need much light, lamps are generally cheaper to run than ceiling lights. Candles could also make a good alternative that gives any room a cosy atmosphere, just remember to be safe and never leave them unattended for long periods of time.

Invest in Energy-Efficient Appliances

If you're planning to replace appliances, look for better energy rated models (A is the best, G is the worst). Energy-efficient appliances use less electricity or gas, which can translate into substantial savings over time. Our electricians and plumbers can professionally install appliances for you, if needed.

When it comes to heating, it’s a good idea to make sure you have the right boiler for your home and usage, as otherwise you could be wasting heating and water. Read our guide on boilers here. For installations and repairs, search boiler service near me or contact us.

Water Heater Tips

Hot water accounts for a significant portion of energy bills. To save money, lower the temperature on your water heater (if you use one) to around 49°C. Insulate your water heater and the first few feet of hot and cold water pipes to reduce heat loss. Fix any leaks promptly to prevent wasted hot water.

Using a timer to control when your water heater operates can be especially effective. Set it to heat water only when you need it, such as in the morning and evening. This prevents the water heater from working continuously, conserving energy and saving you money.

Use Portable Heaters Strategically

If you're seeking targeted warmth, use portable heaters in occupied rooms rather than heating the entire house. Be sure to follow safety guidelines and turn off space heaters when you leave the room or go to sleep.

Let Able Help

Winter doesn't have to be a season of soaring bills and frigid homes. By implementing these money-saving tips, you can stay warm and conserve energy without overspending.

It just takes a little mindfulness and a few energy-efficient changes, and you'll make the most of winter while saving money for the things that matter most to you.

As specialists in 7 different trades (gas/heating, plumbing, electrics, drainage, glazing, locksmithing and pest control) we can perform repairs, installations or upgrades that can maximise energy efficiency and lead to long term savings. We’re also here for you 24/7 in case of emergencies.

Just give us a call on 0330 108 4111.

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