6 winter energy saving tips
By: Shell Energy
08 Oct 2021
With winter on its way, it’s a good time to start thinking about ways to prepare your home for the colder weather and make sure you’re toasty and comfortable when temperatures drop.
It's only natural that energy bills rise during the winter months as we rely more on our home heating to keep warm. And given the current state of the wholesale energy market which has meant many suppliers have had to change their rates in-line with rising wholesale prices, it’s more important than ever that we do everything we can to save energy at home and reduce the impact on our energy bills.
We've pulled together some simple energy-saving tips designed to help you stay warm and save energy too, so you can enjoy the winter season ahead.
1. Draught proofing
A lot of the heat in your home could be escaping through pesky gaps and cracks around your windows and doors, without you even realising it. And anything you can do to block these draughts can lead to a warmer house.
In fact, draught-proofing is one of the most inexpensive and effective ways to save energy – and money – in your home. DIY draught-proofing your home’s windows and doors could save you about £25 a year, while draught-proofing your chimney when you’re not using it could save around £18 a year. But be sure to leave enough ventilation to avoid moisture building up and potentially causing dampness in your home.
Draught-free homes retain heat better and feel snug at lower temperatures – so you may even be able to turn down your thermostat, which could save you even more on your energy bills.
2. Bleed your radiators
If a once-warm room feels chilly, it may be time to bleed the radiators. Over time, air bubbles can build up in the pipes, which can result in cold patches on your radiators as the water can no longer reach those areas.
Bleeding them is the process of releasing the air bubbles so you enjoy the maximum heat from your radiators. For best results, we recommend bleeding radiators twice a year. Read step-by-step our guide to how to bleed your radiators.
And while you’re at it, you can give your radiators a good clean too. Layers of dust can build up and stop heat flowing as freely, and by cleaning them you could save on energy costs too.
3. Get your boiler serviced
As well as servicing your radiators, it's important to care for your boiler. After all, as the engine that keeps your home warm you'll want to ensure it's running smoothly all year round.
A regular boiler service helps ensure your boiler is healthy and energy efficient (and therefore cheaper to run) and reduces the likelihood of costly and unexpected repairs or breakdowns. With boiler cover, you'll also enjoy peace of mind knowing you have access to help when you need it most.
We’ve put together a handy guide on boiler maintenance so you’ll know what to do to keep your boiler in tip-top health.
If your boiler is more than 10 years old, you may want to consider getting a boiler replacement as a newer, more energy efficient model will result in less energy wastage and more savings on your energy bills. Here’s what to look out for if you think you might need a boiler replacement.
4. Close your curtains
It may seem like a simple action but drawing your curtains is one of the cheapest ways to keep the heat inside your home. Studies have shown that closing your curtains or pulling down blinds at dusk can reduce heat loss by 13-17%.
On a similar note, shutting doors is also an effective - and cost-saving - way to keep warm air in and cold air out.
5. Carpets and rugs
Insulating your floors is an efficient way to heat your home, and it can save you between £30 and £70 per year.
Whether you choose to carpet a room or lay a rug over the most used areas, it acts as a layer of insulation stopping the cold air from the floor from cooling the room. As a result, you won't need to use as much energy to keep the room warm in winter.
Plus, a cosy rug or carpet can help your feet feel warmer, which might mean you don’t feel the need to put the heating on as much.
6. Check if you’re eligible for the Warm Home Discount
The Warm Home Discount is a government-led scheme that gives a helping hand to those who need it most. If you meet the criteria, you could get £140 credit on your electricity bill.
The discount is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so we recommend applying as soon as you can. Visit our dedicated webpage to check if you’re eligible and see how to apply.