WHAT IS THE MOST EFFICIENT WAY TO HEAT A HOME?
Heating costs can be high during the winter or chilly months. Aside from breaking your budget, typically heating is not good for the environment either. Coal, oil and natural gas usage cause damage to the environment through global warming, enhanced risk of oil spills, air pollution, and increased amounts of acid rain. Fortunately, there are greener or more environmentally friendly options for efficiently heating your home than the traditional heating method of using fossil fuels.
To start with a straightforward way to go green when it comes to your home heating is to switch energy supplier. I personally use Bulb, the UK’s biggest green supplier. Getting my energy from them is perfect as I know that they source their power from solar, wind and hydro. They provide 100% renewable electricity, and their gas is 100% carbon neutral. They also support carbon reduction projects around the world. For our home, making the change to a green renewable electricity supplier was the quickest and easiest way to reduce my home CO2 emissions. The price of my energy is also very reasonable, lower than I was paying before. If you are interested in switching use my code for us both to receive £50 off our energy bill.
After this, the next step to heat your home efficiently is to stop that precious energy from escaping. Heat your home and not your walls by putting foil behind the radiator to reflect the heat back into your rooms. Using foam tubes around your piping keeps the water inside your pipes hotter for longer, protects against the cold and makes your heating and hot water much more efficient. Draught-proof your home by really focusing on gaps around windows and doors. Bleed your radiators for energy-efficient radiators and get your boiler serviced so that it will last longer and work more efficiently, these guys deal with boiler repairs, installations and maintenance for a decent price. Closing the curtains as it goes dark helps to keep in all of that lovely heat. We also made sure to add a thermal curtain in front of our door to help block the cold air coming in through any drafts. Finally, after dinner is cooked, don’t waste that heat; instead, leave the oven door open to let the heat that would otherwise be wasted transfer slowly into your kitchen.
Lastly, a big change to efficiently heating my home has been to switch to a smart thermostat. I use a Nest thermostat, which you can find at Heating and Plumbing World. I love this little gadget so much and have seen such a difference in my energy usage and bill! Making this change stops us from using energy unnecessarily. Our house is at a constant temperature, so we won’t waste excess energy from leaving the heating on too high. Being able to control our heat from our phone helps us save energy even easier. We don’t use unnecessary heating while out of the house or on holiday and are more aware of our energy usage as they email us monthly to compare on usage.
What are some of the ways that you efficiently heat your home?