You’re probably already aware of the energy bill debate as some of the ‘big six’ energy suppliers have announced they are putting up energy bills again this winter. According to regulator Ofgem, energy prices have risen by 24 per cent over the last four years. Many people are looking for ways to save money on their energy bills.
Double Glazing improves Energy Efficiency
According to the Energy Saving Trust, if you replaced single glazed windows with B-rated double glazing, you could save around £170 per year on your energy bill. The new technology that we build into our windows and doors as standard gives them an A+ rating. Undoubtedly, this allows home-owners to turn down the thermostat on their heating. By doing so, they reduce their carbon emission and the cost of heating bills.
SCHI build in excellent insulation into their products as standard. New technology now allows us to provide windows that positively affect the indoor temperature of a home, the use of Planitherm and Low Iron glasses, Argon Gas & warm-edge spacer bars mean that we can now provide a glass sealed unit in the windows that give an A+ rating, that can help considerably in keeping your home ‘cool when it’s hot and warm when it’s not’.
Here are seven other simple ways that could help you bring down the cost of heating your home this winter.
7 energy saving secrets
- Speak to your energy company about going onto a fixed-rate deal. thisismoney.co.uk recommends signing up to a best-buy fixed-rate tariff. You will be tied into that price for a fixed period, but the price stays fixed too.
- Switch your energy company. Many people switch their car insurance every year to save money, so why not do the same with your gas and electricity? Price comparison sites are a good place to start.
- According to Energy Saving Trust, a quarter of a home’s heat is lost through the roof when that roof isn’t insulated. So, insulating your attic / loft space is probably going to be worth it.
- Similarly, about 60% of a year’s energy bill goes on the boiler – so an energy efficient one is really important. New boilers are expensive, but you could still improve your boiler’s efficiency by insulating your hot water tank (insulation jackets are available) and only turning the hot water on when you need it / keeping it very low when you’re out.
- It’s been estimated that by turning your thermostat down by just one degree, you could save as much as £65 per year on your energy bill. Having the heating one degree lower shouldn’t make much of a difference to the ambiance of a room.
- Some cheap but effective ways to insulate your home include using radiator covers, insulating hot water pipes, draught-proofing doors and windows and filling in cracks in walls / corners / between floorboards too.
- Changing how you consume energy in your home can bring down your bills. In winter, it’s recommended you close doors and windows to keep heat in rooms, only turning on the radiators in rooms you’re using and drawing the curtains (after dark!).
Hopefully some of those ideas can help you lower your heating bill. Remember, we are on your side in the fight against rising fuel bills. Speak to us about how our energy efficient windows can help to keep you warm this winter.