5 Ways to Go Green and Save Money This Winter and Spring

Whilst it has been on the ‘back burner’ for a while there are growing rumours that the cost of our energy bills may be set to rise again this spring, despite the recent bottoming out of oil prices. At the beginning of the year all the major utility companies said they were reducing their prices in line with the lowering of the wholesale price. This was, of course, met with a certain amount of scepticism (particularly as the wholesale price had dropped by some 28% and bills only came down between 1.3 and 5.1%).

Whilst switching companies and keeping an eye on the market can often help keep you ahead of the game, making a few changes to how your home is run can also bring about significant benefits and protect you against rising bills.

Whether you boost your insulation or opt for new double-glazing, get a more eco-friendly boiler or decide to have solar panels installed, there are plenty of options available for the average household.

Review your insulation

It’s something we tend put in place and then forget about. But actually reviewing your insulation once in a will make sure that you are saving heat in all the right places. Loft insulation can get flattened, draught excluders damaged, and window seals can age. Just having the felt underlay for your carpets replaced with something more insulating can help you save money over the coming winter.

Change your lighting

If you are keen on keeping up to date with the green agenda, then you’ll know that LED lighting is starting to become the norm for many businesses and households. Councils are starting to switch to it for their street lighting and the new bulbs available are brighter and more efficient than ever before. If you still have old filament lighting, LED bulbs can save you up to 90% on your bills where illuminating your home is concerned. Yes, they are a little more expensive than other bulbs but they last at least five times longer and they use a lot less energy.

Infrared heating

The technology for infrared heating has also come on leaps and bounds in the last few years. It uses less energy and can help heat more effectively than traditional technologies. Infrared heaters can also be purchased in a variety of styles including mirrors and wall art that simply have to be plugged into the mains and are less intrusive than normal radiators.

Switch to a biomass boiler

If you have a little more money available then you might like to go greener by switching to a biomass boiler. These burn biological plant material such as wood to provide both heating and electricity and have also developed considerably over the last few years. Biomass boilers are highly efficient and can help reduce costs over normal fossil fuels though you need to get the right advice and install a model that is appropriate for heating your home.

Consider getting a heat pump

Heat pumps are by far the most economical and environmentally friendly way to heat a home; they work like an air conditioner or fridge but in reverse. They function by using a small amount of electricity to convert the residual warmth in the air outside (for the air source variety) or warmth stored in the ground (for the ground source variety) to heat your home, for very little cost indeed.

Whether your utility bills rise this winter or not, now is the time to look at some energy saving measures that make a difference.

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