I like saving time at home, but I like saving money too. The fact is, it’s pretty easy to save money on your home energy bill. It doesn’t take a lot of effort (which is good) and you don’t have to invest a great deal of money.
Your energy bill is probably one of the biggest single line items in your monthly budget, os it’s well worth taking some very simple steps to reduce it. Here are some very simple tips, which will save you money the minute you put them into place.
Get Rid Of Drafts
Drafts are one of the main culprits when it comes to using energy needlessly. Gaps around door frames and around windows will allow cold air to enter the heated areas of your house, reducing the temperature, increasing your heating bill and generally making you feel uncomfortable.
The good news is that drafts are, generally speaking, one of the easiest household energy problems to fix. You just need to find where the cold air is getting in and block up the gap.
Quite often, it will be very obvious where the draft is coming from. Sometimes you might need to go looking for it. A candle will help you here, just move it around and see where the flame flickers and dances most energetically.
Drafts Under And Around Doors
Drafts under doors are one of the most common problems and those are incredibly easy to fix. You can simply put an old towel or blanket across the bottom of the door. If you’re a bit arty crafty, you can even make your own using old clothes stuffed with socks and other similar items.
Alternatively you can just buy them ready made, and they have the advantage of moving with the door so that you don’t have to reposition your draft stopper every time you open and close the door. You can even get some quite decorative ones like these nice pussy cats. There are other designs available for dog lovers of course.
If you find that you have drafts coming in at the side, or the top, of the door, you can use self adhesive tape to block up the gap. It’s cheap to buy and easy to apply. you’ll be warmer and more comfortable in no time – and you’ll save money on your heating bill. Use it around door frames and also window frames.
Drafts At AC Units And Unused Chimneys
Other common sources of drafts include air conditioning units and chimneys in older houses. You can get special covers to prevent drafts coming in through your AC unit in the colder months.
Once again, you can get different colors and designs to suit your internal decor.
They are very easy to fit. You’ll have it in place in a jiffy and you’ll be so much warmer.
Unused chimneys can be blocked up with old newspapers, rags or using special, inflatable chimney balloons. Don’t forget to remove these before you light a fire though. These come in different sizes and are very easy to fit.
Just insert them up your chimney and then inflate the balloon. It will expand to fill all the various nooks and crannies and the cold air will be prevented from entering into your room.
Other Sources Of Drafts
Drafts basically occur wherever there’s a gap or a hole. These openings let cold air in and warm air out.
If you have sanded floors, gaps between the floorboards can allow drafts to cool your room down. You can treat these by using a filler, or you can even get cords that you tap gently into the gaps between floorboards. Don’t forget, floorboards expand and contract as temperature changes, so whichever filling method you choose, make sure to go for one that has some inherent flexibility.
Another common area for drafts is anywhere that pipes or cables enter your room or your house. Obviously these need a hole to pass from one room to another – and if it’s not well sealed, you can find yourself with drafts.
You can get a variety of different products to help you seal holes at pipes and cables. They are cheap to buy, easy to use and fast acting.
Whilst it’s great to get rid of drafts and keep your home cozy and warm, don’t forget that a certain amount of air flow and ventilation is also needed. That’s particularly true in rooms where you get a lot of steam and condensation, such as the kitchen or the bathroom. So make sure to leave some ventilation where it’s needed.