The Covid-19 pandemic means a lot of us will be spending more time at home this winter – and there’s never been a better time to save energy and money. As a part of Energy Saving Week, check out these top tips for a warmer winter and tag us in your DIY projects on social media using #energysavingweek2021
Draught-proof your home
While professional draught-proofing can cost around £200, DIY is much cheaper and could save around £30 per year, making your home a more comfortable place to live.
If you don’t use your fireplace, insulating your chimney will make your home feel warmer. A chimney draught excluder could save you around £20 on your energy bills.
Insulate your pipes
Insulating exposed pipes is an easy DIY install – you can buy foam insulation tubes online or from a DIY store and slip them over your pipes. In a typical house, materials will cost around £20, and you’ll save around £4 a year on your energy bills.
The majority of homes have some loft insulation, but many don’t have the recommended 270mm depth. If you have no loft insulation, installing 270mm of new insulation could save up to £160, depending on the size of your home.
Hot water cylinder insulation
All new hot water cylinders have some insulation, however those with a hot water tank jacket under 25mm thick could benefit from top-up insulation.
A hot water cylinder jacket costs around £15. If you have no insulation and install an 80mm jacket, you could save around £95 a year. Topping up your hot water cylinder insulation from 25mm to 80mm jacket could save around £20 a year.
Upgrade heating controls
Room thermostats allow households to set and maintain the temperature at home. Installing and using a full set of heating controls could save up to £85 a year if you currently don’t have any.
Costs can vary significantly due to the variety of heating system types, sizes and controls available. We recommended shopping around to get the best deal from professional installers.