How to save on energy and emissions this winter

Winter is here, and it’s the time of year when energy consumption goes up to keep our homes warm and comfortable.

However, this also means that our energy bills and carbon emissions increase. Here are some tips to help you save on energy and reduce your emissions this winter. Opting for an electric provider that uses green energy can also significantly cut your emissions.

1: Upgrade Your Insulation

A well-insulated home can reduce your heating costs and keep your home warmer for longer. Check your home’s insulation and seal any gaps or cracks that might let heat escape. You can also install double glazing windows and doors to keep the cold out.

2: Use Your Thermostat Wisely

Set your thermostat to a lower temperature when you are not home or during the night. A drop of even a few degrees can save you energy and money. Consider investing in a programmable thermostat, which will let you set a heating schedule based on your routine.

3: Let the Sun In

During the day, open your curtains and blinds to let sunlight in. This will help to naturally warm up your home without turning up the heating.

4: Layer Up

Rather than turning up the heat, put on an extra layer of clothing and use blankets to keep warm. This will make a big difference to your energy bills and is also a great way to save money.

5: Tune Up Your Heating System

Regular maintenance of your heating system, such as cleaning your furnace and changing the air filters, can improve its efficiency and reduce emissions. Hire a professional to conduct an annual tune-up of your heating system.

6: Switch to LED Lighting

LED bulbs use less energy and last longer than traditional incandescent bulbs. Swap out your old bulbs for LED bulbs to lower your energy usage and reduce your carbon footprint.

7: Unplug Unused Electronics

Plugged-in electronics still consume energy, even when they’re not in use. Unplug your unused electronics or use power strips that allow you to turn them off completely.

By following these simple tips, you can save on your energy bills, reduce your carbon emissions, and stay warm and cosy this winter.