Electricity bills that become sky-rocketing every winter cause major health problems in fuel poverty victims. The World Health Organisation reports that about 30% of winter deaths in Europe are caused by living in cold homes.
Even though some action has already been taken by the Fuel Poverty Action Group and the Surviving Winter campaign activists to help the fuel poor this winter, it’s essential that everybody stays warm in winter without breaking the bank. Here are a few expert tips for doing just that.
Make the most of your heating system
Even if you can always use portable heating hire services to provide as much heat as you need, it’s advisable to have your home heating system checked professionally to ensure it is operating efficiently and safely, suggests Tim Hanlon, owner of Grogg’s Heating and Air Conditioning Inc.
The second important step is checking the furnace filter as a dirty furnace filter can use much more energy than necessary. You can do it yourself and replace the filter if dirty. If your furnace or heating system is older than 15 years, consider replacing it anyways, which may help cut energy costs by up to 40%.
Install a thermostat
Specialists advise installing a programmable thermostat to maintain a comfortable temperature 24/7. You can drop the temperature a little bit during the night for lower electricity bills. According to the Department of Energy, setting your thermostat one degree lower may help reduce heating costs by 3%. Some people state that it’s possible to reduce heating costs by one third by simply installing a programmable thermostat.
Check your fireplace and chimney
Have your fireplace and chimney checked, especially if they haven’t been used for a long time. Close dampers on the fireplace when not in use, which may save considerable money during the colder seasons of the year.
Consider attic insulation
If the snow on your roof melts the day after a snow storm, you need better attic insulation. While many properties don’t have any insulation in the attic, heating and cooling costs increase considerably because of poor attic insulation. Consider attic insulation keeping in mind that it may pay off in less than a year through saving on heating and cooling.
Check the windows
When preparing your home for winter, check all the windows starting with older single pane ones. You can use a traditional test of holding a candle close to the edges of the window and watching the tip of the flame to see if there are drafts. To make the windows more energy-efficient, try ‘wrapping’ them.
Try to become energy-smart to save more on energy this winter. Follow the tips mentioned above or invite a certified energy analyst to make your home more efficient.
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