Top Tips to Boost Your Home’s Energy Efficiency During the Winter Months

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Top Tips to Boost Your Home’s Energy Efficiency During the Winter Months

1. Invest in A+ Rated Double Glazing

A simple way to make annual cost savings is by checking the energy efficiency of your windows and, if below the Window Energy Ratings minimum standard of ‘C’ rating, to replace them. Although the initial investment will be fairly high, The Energy Savings Trust estimate that a detached house could save between £105 to £110 a year by installing double glazing windows with an A+ energy.

If you’re looking to start the replacement process, Yorkshire-based Quickslide Windows & Doors are on hand to help; they produce a range of market leading, high quality products that are available in A+ rating and also recently picked up the well-respected ‘Vertical Sliding Window Company of the Year’ title, at the National Fenestration Awards 2018.

2. Insulate Your Loft

Uninsulated homes lose a quarter of heat through the roof, The Energy Saving Trust advise. Assuming your loft has easy access and no issues with damp or condensation, it should be easy to insulate (you may even want to give it ago yourself) and the initial investment should pay for itself many times over. It is advisable to change loft insulation after 40 years, so you may wish to check when it was last insulated to ensure its effectiveness!

3. Turn the Lights Off!

It is wise to select energy efficient bulbs through out your home; the two options available are Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) and Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs), and you don’t have to scrimp on brightness as these will be able to match traditional bulbs. Additionally, although it may sound silly, it is possible to save money by being conscious of how you use lighting. Simple steps like turning lights off when leaving a room and being conscious of how many lights are on in a room and whether it’s necessary for them all to be on, can make a big difference over a period of time.

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4. Draught Excluders

Under door draughts are criminal for letting warm air escape and the cold air in. Draught proofing with excluders is cheap and great for energy efficiency. All you need to do is to block unwanted gaps under doors, and by doing so, you could save around £20 per year according to The Energy Saving Trust.

5. Hang Thick Curtains

Hanging thick curtains over windows and keeping them closed for longer will help to prevent heat escaping and thus, it will cost less to heat your home to keep you snug through the winter months.

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