Autumn energy saving tips
The leaves are well and truly on their way to tumbling off of the trees, and Halloween is but a few weeks away. As the nights begin to draw in, and we start to feel a familiar nip in the air, now is perhaps a good time to think about how to reduce your energy bills.
Why? Because shorter days and colder weather mean that we’ll all have the lights on for longer and the thermostat turned up higher. But energy saving doesn’t have to mean feeling the chill. With these tops tricks and tips, you’ll be enjoying a cosy home and keeping your energy bills down in no time!
Firstly, if you can, it’s a good idea to make the best use of any sunshine to dry your washing naturally if at all possible. Even on the coldest days, it avoids using your tumble dryer. Of course, there are times when it’s unavoidable, but if you are able to dry most of your washing either inside over a clothes airer or outside on the line, your energy bill will thank you for it.
Next up, consider switching your lightbulbs to the latest LED versions if you can. They are a little more expensive to purchase, but they are a very easy way to save money on your electricity bill. LED bulbs are available to fit most light fittings and can be used all around your home.
According to the Energy Saving Trust, if you replaced all your bulbs in your home with LEDs, not only would you save around £35 a year on energy bills, you won’t have to replace them for between five and seven years. How’s that for thrifty?
Finally, it’s time to make like those savvy Scandinavian folks and introduce a little hygge in your life. If you don’t know what hygge means, its best conveyed as a feeling of cosy contentment. Ever cuddled up on the sofa when it’s pouring with rain outside with a good book or a great film on the TV and felt all snug and relaxed? That’s hygge. Right there.
But embracing this Danish national pastime can have a positive effect on your energy bills too. How? Well, by layering up your living spaces with some lovely luxe throws when the temperature drops a notch. Rather than reaching straight for the thermostat, simply wrap yourself up, draw the curtains or blinds to keep in the warmth, dim the lights and pop on a couple of candles. The throw will keep you nice and warm and the candles will help to create a relaxing ambience. Extra points for the old-school comfort factor of a hot water bottle.
See, how lovely does that sound?
A lot more heartening than a whopping electricity or gas bill, that’s for sure!