The nights are getting longer, temperatures are getting cooler, and winter is just around the corner. Keeping your home warm during the colder months can be a challenge, especially when you are trying to be eco-friendly and financially conscious. Luckily, there are lots of hacks to keep your home comfortable during the colder months without harming the environment or paying massive heating bills. On that note, here are some simple ways to keep your home warm this winter.
Replace your windows
Old windows can cause a massive heat loss and make it difficult to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home. This is particularly true if your windows are damaged or single-glazed. Upgrading to more energy-efficient designs—such as double- or triple-glazed windows— should instantly make your home warmer and minimize cold drafts. Updating your windows can also have the added benefit of increasing your home security and reducing outside noise. Modern windows come in a wide selection of styles and materials, so you can easily find a design that will suit your home and existing style. Experts at timberwindows-direct.co.uk explain how they can create “highly customized bespoke windows designed and manufactured to your specific needs.”
Use a programable thermostat
Using timers on your heating system is a simple way to manage your home temperature more efficiently and reduce your energy bills. A programable thermostat allows you to control your home temperature by setting your heating to turn on at specific times during the day. This eliminates the risk of forgetting to turn your heating off and accidentally leaving it on for long periods. Many programable thermostats can also be connected to an app on your phone and controlled remotely. This means you can control your home temperature and switch the heating on and off even when you’re out. According to advice on ENERGY.GOV, you could save around 10 percent on your heating bill each year by using a programable thermostat.
Add extra insulation in your loft
Your loft can be another major source of heat loss in your home if it is not insulated properly. Fortunately, there are dozens of ways to make your roof and loft more energy efficient. One of the easiest ways to prevent heat loss through your loft is by installing high-quality insulation. Make sure that the material you choose is airtight and durable so it won’t break up and create dust. It is possible to install insulation in your loft yourself with some simple tools and DIY skills. However, you may want to consider hiring a professional to ensure that your loft is as energy efficient as possible.
Wrap up warm
One of the easiest ways to keep warm during winter without being hit by massive heating bills is by wrapping up warm. As the weather gets cooler, try putting on a jumper or adding extra layers instead of turning the heating up straight away. This approach is far better for the environment as you will be contributing fewer carbon emissions. Plus, it will help you keep your energy bills as low as possible throughout winter.