5 Ways to Reduce Your Heating Costs This Winter

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The amount of energy used in the house may be lowered in a number of ways. Identifying the power hogs among our appliances is the first step in reducing our overall energy use.

Energy use in the home is mostly driven by the need to heat living spaces and water.

EU studies show that about 80% of all residential energy goes towards climate control (heating and cooling) and water heating. Putting your money-saving efforts there may pay off. There are a lot of little things we can do that will end up saving us a lot of money in the long run.

1. Reduce the temperature on the thermostat

The UK consumer group Money Saving Expert estimates that a 4% reduction in heating costs may be achieved for every degree if the thermostat is turned down.

2. Insulate your water heater and pipes

The installation of pipe insulation and jackets for water tanks is simple and inexpensive. According to the Energy Saving Trust, they will immediately repay your investment and continue to save you money in the long run.

3. Home draught-proofing

The Energy Saving Trust recommends caulking the spaces around windows and doors. Splits and holes in your house's structure let cold air in and warm air out. Put a chimney balloon in them or stuff them with old pillows if they aren't being used.

4. Make the most out of your home appliances

America Saves recommends just running full loads through washers and dishwashers to cut down on energy waste.

5. Limit your shower time

It's possible to save a lot of money on your monthly energy costs by reducing the length of your shower by only one minute. Money Saving Expert suggests that households with metered water supplies may save even more money each month.

In summary

We can all lower our energy use and monthly costs by making a few simple changes to the way we keep our houses running. We'll also be doing our part to lessen the impact of global warming. In the European Union, buildings account for 40 percent of total energy consumption and 36 percent of total CO2 emissions, according to a study conducted by the London School of Economics and the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.


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