THE GREEN APPROACH TO KEEPING WARM THIS WINTER.
I hate being cold but I try and stay cozy without it costing the earth. Quite literally I try and save money while also being aware of my energy consumption. With a young family, this isn’t always that easy but there are some simple steps you can take to make sure you are taking care of your bills and your carbon footprint.
5 WAYS TO KEEP WARM THIS WINTER AND STAY GREEN
Use Thermostats Appropriately
This may sound obvious but being aware of how your thermostat works and knowing how to turn down the heat automatically at times when you are not home can save you a small fortune. I recently moved into a new house and assumed I understood my thermostat. I was wrong!! The times that I assumed my heating was off it was in fact still on. All be it at a reduced temperature but it was on. Thanks to a service engineer I reworked my times and dramatically reduced my bill. I was so excited that I knocked on my neighbours door to explain how the thermostat controls work. (just in case they had been misguided too 🙂 So just a quick check or adjustment could make a big difference!
I also found that I could get away with having my hot water on for considerably less time. If you have a fairly new tank it should take just and hour to heat up a full tank of water. It should also stay warm most of the day. I did a test and halved my hot water heating time and we saw NO difference in access to hot water. Another fab saving for the family budget.
With tech in mind you can take this to another level with Hive for instance and make it much more specific.
It may sound obvious but dancing around in your shorts and t-shirt may keep you warm but once you sit down you will feel the chill. We love wool sweaters and cozy socks. I also leave a few wooly blankets on the sofa to snuggle up within the evening.
Stop the draft
If you can feel a draft block it. It doesn’t have to be a fancy draft excluder. We love Home Bargains (which is a little like the “old” Woolworths) and Dunelm. You can get lots of fun draft excluders and most are under £5. Keeping the heat you have paid for is the key.
My biggest nag at home is closing doors! I keep all doors closed in the rooms we use the most. The kitchen especially is a little haven if you keep doors closed after cooking dinner.
Open and Close Curtains
Another great green way to keep your house warm is simply to open your curtains when the sun is shining and close them at night when it gets dark. It isn’t rocket science but if you have blinds as well as curtains it is something you may overlook. Doing this allows the sun to heat the room in the day whilst retaining heat that may escape at night.
Switch to Green Energy
This is something you can easily overlook but the biggest impact you can have to your carbon footprint is to switch to green energy. You can wear woolies all winter long and open and close curtains but the biggest impact you can have is to make sure your energy is green.
We switched from British gas to Octopus Energy in early 2018. I had been with them for 10 years!! Not only did we save money but we now use 100% green energy. In my defense ten years ago 80% of Britain’s energy came from coal and gas. Times have now changed and green energy can be accessed far easier. It can be confusing however when you are researching green energy. How can gas associated with central heating be green? The answer is simply by using biogas or using a company that offset the carbon emotions.
We now have 100% green energy and we couldn’t be happier. Nothing has changed except our supplier and our energy bills, which have gone down!
Grab some great wooly sweaters, stock up on a few bottles of red wine and get ready to hibernate. Don’t feel guilty about using the heating when you have to. It is vital for us with a young family but try and make some considered choices when turning the heat on.
Keep safe and warm.
Posted by Sarah at www.octopusreferral.link