The festive season is over, we have consumed too much food and alcohol, causing our waistbands to feel somewhat tighter, we have spent too much money, causing our bank balances to look somewhat low and we face a chilly couple of months ahead of us where the days are short, so we turn the heating up a degree or two and have the lights on for longer, none of which of course helps the bank balance!
It is not all doom and gloom though, we can choose to take charge of our financial situation, without having to freeze!
Here are some top tips to help out.
1) Instead of turning the heating up, why not do what your granny would have done, put on another jumper, or snuggle up with a warm fleecy throw.
I was lucky enough to get a pair of cashmere fingerless gloves for Christmas, I asked for them because I suffer with arthritic pain in my hands. I can't believe the difference this has made, particularly as I sit still at my computer. Because my hands are warm, the rest of me feels warm, I have not had to put the heating on all day!
There are plenty of other practical things you can do to cut the cost of your energy bills.
2) Keeping doors closed, helps keep a room toasty and if you feel the draught coming under the door, fit a draught excluder, failing that, place a blanket or towel infront of the door.
3) Make sure your house is well insulated.
Check out the loft, in an un-insulated house, 20% of heat is lost through the roof, another 35% is lost through the walls, if cavities are not filled.
If you have a hot water tank, make sure it is insulated too, retaining that precious heat that you have paid for.
You can also insulate water pipes, keeping the heat in and preventing pipes freezing and bursting.
4) Use thermostatic valves on radiators, to control the heat in each room, not every room needs to have the same level of heat. Personally I rarely have any heating on in the bedroom, I much prefer a big duvet. It is healthier to sleep in a cool room too, as a deeper more productive sleep pattern is developed.
5) Take a look at the number of electrical appliances that are on constant standby, by turning everything off at the wall, you could be saving up to £30 a year.
6) Only fill the kettle up with the amount that you actually need.
7) Try to do one less load of washing per week.
8) Make sure the dishwasher is full before you put it on.
Just a few simple changes, could keep more money in your pocket each year.
There is plenty of useful advice on the Energy Saving Trust website.
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