This is a great question and I think that we're all feeling the pinch these days, constant news of rising energy bills and the worry of if we're able to afford those energy bills can certainly send a shiver down our spines and make us all sit down and think. My grandmother and other members of family passed on some great tips to me as I now have my own property and I'm realising just how expensive it can be to heat our homes and stay warm, especially during the winter months, I've been able to have my home insulated free of charge through the help of my energy supplier and this has helped to cut down my bills a great deal and also make my home that little bit warmer. By having double glazing fitted and my radiators checked reguarly, this has ensured that they're giving me optimal service, instead of just burning up energy and my money.
We can all do some really simply things like switching off lights and appliances when they're not in use or when we're not in the room and that works for the radiators in those rooms too, simply by turning down the thermostat a few degrees we can save a lot of money in the long run, but don't turn them down too much as it's wise to keep them at a low level so as not to get dampness or anything else nasty in our homes. I always make sure that the room I'm in is at a comfortable level of heating and that I'm wrapped up warm as you hear so many stories of people dying of the cold in winter time, especially pensioners, I sometimes put an extra duvet on my bed or wear socks in bed at night as that helps a great deal also and even my trusty old hot water bottle comes out when it's really cold, which I must add has been boiled from my coal fire and not the kettle!
It's always a good idea to shut doors when you're in a room so as to keep the heat in, there's no point heating a room if all the heat is just going to escape, If we have draughts in our doors and windows a lot of heat can escape from there and cold can come in, apart from the obvious of making sure that they're sealed and securely shut we can also have them caulked. I just recently had my own windows and doors caulked to stop any heat escaping my home and the cold entering coming in. We can also put a draught excluder down at door entries if it's really cold or put a curtain up to stop that draught, I also take down my thin curtains on my windows in winter and replace them with thick, lined ones as that stops the heat escaping and plus it's another way of keeping the cold out of my house. We really don't need to have too many lights on and I usually just use my lamp which I must add has been fitted like every other light in my house with an energy saving light bulb. In these times of high energy prices it's the little things that really matter, I usually have showers as they're both quicker and don't use as much energy, but even after having a bath, which is now only done on a Sunday and is a little luxury I mantain, don't just let the water pour down the drain, leave it for an hour as the heat and steam from it will heat up your house and leave a lovely smell that will just drift through your home.
A lot of people are unaware that heat and cold travels, if you don't have underlay then you're more than likely to have problem with the cold entering your house from below, it's always wise to have your carpets/laminate/hardwood flooring fitted with underlay as it's another way of saving energy and keeping you warm. If we're really keen on saving energy and keeping warm we can also do simple things like moving about often or getting up and doing a little bit of excercise, this will stimulate our body and help a little in keeping us warm through the winter wonderland of these next few months, just think from all that money we've saved, we can treat the ones we love to a little something extra special this Christmas!
I have very much enjoyed answering this question and you have got me thinking about other ways I can try and save both energy and keep myself warm, by being made aware of the little things that we can do, more people will try and help out the planet and also help themselves. I post below my picture and a few relevant links which may be of use to anyone with a keen interest in this subject or someone simply looking for more information on grants for insulation, double glazing, boiler replacement or anything else that may be available to them: