Summer’s fading and the leaves have started to fall… This can only mean it’s almost autumn and soon it’ll be time to think about turning the heating on (if you haven’t already done so!).
As the weather grows colder and the typical UK chill settles in, you may be wondering how you can keep your energy and heating costs down?
We’ve put together a checklist to prepare you for autumn.
Use the sun to your advantage
Despite the cold temperatures outside, the sun rays still bring heat to the home.
They’re free – so take advantage of them!
Keep your curtains open during the day, especially on the side where you get the most direct sunlight. Trim any tree branches or shrubs that block the sunlight around your windows to maximize the rays that enter your home. Make sure you close all your curtains at night – they act as barriers and help reduce any drafts.
Increase the layers
It’s an obvious one. You know it already but it’s important to make use of blankets, jumpers and socks before you resort to turning the heating on.
So what’s stopping you? Go grab that onesie.
Keep it consistent
Having your heating at a consistent low, rather than continuously turning it on and off, can actually save energy. For every degree you lower your thermostat, you’ll be saving about 2% heating bills!
Shut your doors
Your mum’s asked, your dad’s asked, now we’re asking – “can you shut the door behind you?”
Closing doors around the house will keep the heat in as well as preventing cold air circulating around other rooms.
Air dry clothes
If you have your heating on, don’t waste more energy putting wet washing in the tumble dryer. You’ll be surprised at how quickly clothes dry hanging in a warm room.
BUT – don’t dry clothes on radiators themselves, your boiler will be forced to work harder and use more energy.
So there you have it, you have no excuses to be unprepared for autumn.
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