In the cold winter months it's tempting to turn the temperature up and leave your heating on constantly, only to then be left with a big unwanted energy bill. We all like to save money wherever we can and by making a few simple changes in your home you can reduce your energy bills and still stay nice and warm. You could be losing heat in your home through draughts and poorly insulated areas, meaning that you're spending money on heat that is quite literally going straight out of the window. Take a look below at our top DIY tips for keeping warm air in and cold air out to save energy in your home.
Turn down the thermostat
Turning your thermostat down by just one degree could save you around £85 - £90 each year according to the Energy Savings Trust. If your home is well insulated then you shouldn't need your heating to be on for as long or at as high of a temperature. Your windows and doors play a huge part in how warm your home is, older and less efficient windows will let heat escape meaning that you have to heat the room for longer to stay warm. According to Which? installing A-rated double glazing could save between £85 and £110 a year on the heating bill of a typical sized home.
Add draught excluders
The best way to protect your home against heat escaping through the door is to replace old inefficient doors as they let a lot of heat escape. If you're not thinking about replacing your doors at the moment then adding an under door draught excluder is the next best option. You can buy one from most DIY shops at little expense and place them underneath and around your doors. Putting a door snake underneath internal doors also helps to prevent draughts and cold air passing from colder rooms.
Keep your floorboards covered
A lot of heat can escape through holes in your floorboards and skirting boards. Something as simple as putting a rug down can help to keep heat inside your home. As your property ages floorboards and skirting boards tend to expand and move slightly, so it's best to fill any holes with a flexible filler. It's also a good idea to think about insulating your floorboards if you live in an older property with timbre floors, you can buy appropriate insulation from most DIY shops.
Cavity wall insulation
If you haven't done so already then it's worth thinking about installing cavity wall insulation in your home, its inexpensive to do with many energy companies even offering the service for free if you meet certain criteria. It's believed that homes without cavity insulation will lose around 33% of the heat generated so you could be losing a huge amount of heat and money if your walls are not properly insulated.
Open and close your curtains at the right time
This may seem like an obvious solution but many people don't realise that their curtains can help to keep heat inside a property. Its best to keep your curtains closed when the weather is cold outside to stop cold air coming into your home. Opening your curtains when it is sunny is a great way of letting free heat in. The type of curtains you have can also have a significant impact; thicker curtains are better for keeping heat in and you can also buy specially designed thermal curtains.