December in the UK is here again, as are the burning questions on how to save the most on your gas and electricity and not let that precious indoor heat go to waste!
Here are UKeo’s 5 useful tips to consider:
Deck the Halls
No, we’re not telling you to coordinate the colour of your lights to match a traditional Christmas tree. However, if you are thinking about changing up your Christmas lights for inside, or even outside of the home, consider getting some LED fairy lights.
Which? determines it costs on average £8.94 to keep your Christmas lights on during December. With energy efficient LED ones, it only costs 90p!
Also, while you might want to keep the fairy lights on, there’s no need to keep the rest of the house lit up. Be sure to turn your lights off when you’re not using them and switch to energy efficient LED bulbs, where possible.
Be energy smart
A smart meter is something most home-owners use these days, helping customers identify where they can cut costs on their bills. By installing one, you’ll be able to see how much energy you’re using in pounds and pence, helping you to identify where you can make savings during peak energy seasons.
Turn it down
Turning down your thermostat by just 1 °C could cut 10 per cent off your energy bills. Yes, we know it can get cold in December, so why not make better use of your tacky festive jumper and keep it on rather than turn on the heating.
Switch it off
When you’re done watching a Christmas film on the TV, make sure you turn it off at the wall rather than leaving them on standby. This could save you £30 a year, which could even cover some of next year’s holiday expenses – treat yourselves!
Keep it toasty
The windows and doors in your home should seal properly but for those that don’t, there are lots of DIY options that will help keep that warm air in and leave the cold outside.
Fitting draught excluders and simple tricks like adding letterbox brushes, chimney balloons and even keyhole coverings can make a great deal of difference.
It’s also important to consider the effectiveness of winter ‘Feng shui’. For instance, radiators that are being used to heat the majority of larger rooms could be blocked by sofas, which would prevent the heat dispersing evenly. Consider where your heat points are before you get too comfy where things are!