Spring is finally here! Meaning lighter evenings and warmer weather should be on its way. CORGI HomePlan have created some top tips on how you can make small changes around your home over spring, to maintain an efficient heating system and to save money on your energy bills.
Reduce the temperature of your heating
More than half of the money we spend on energy in our home, is spent on heating and hot water according to the Energy Saving Trust. Spring is the perfect time to make a few small adjustments to the way you heat your home to save you money without even thinking about it.
Firstly, remember to amend your heating timer as you probably won’t need the heating on as frequently, especially when you’re not at home. Despite over a half of Brits thinking it’s cheaper to leave your heating on low all day, the Energy Saving Trust suggest that reducing the amount of time your heating is actually on is the best way of saving money, as doing this ensures that no heat is wasted.
Also, during the winter you were probably used to setting your temperature at a high level. With the introduction of the warmer weather you will find your home doesn’t require the heating to be on as high. Meaning you can turn the thermostat down. 19 degrees should be high enough for you to still feel comfortably warm within your home.
Give your heating system a spring clean
It’s that time of year when we like to spruce up our home and garden with a good old spring clean. It’s important you don’t forget about the heating system as this also needs regular maintenance. For example, bleed the radiators if they are lukewarm towards the top. This will ensure you’re getting the most out of your heating when it’s turned on. Watch our step-by-step video here if you’re unsure of how to do this.
Make the most of other heat sources
Making the most of other heat sources that are available around your home is a savvy way of reducing your bills. A great example is leaving the bathroom door open to make the most of the hot air after a steaming shower. You’ll soon feel the extra heat circulate around your home without having to turn the heating on.
Dry your clothes outside
The spring brings with it warmer weather and longer evenings, meaning you can make the most of the sunlight by drying your clothes outside. Tumble dryers are a costly appliance and can run up your energy bills very easily. As well as saving you money, it also means you reduce the risk of shrinking your favourite shirt!
Dress for spring not for summer
Although the days are staying lighter for longer and the weather is getting warmer, evenings can still be fairly cool. So shorts and t-shirts might not be suitable just yet! Make sure you’re wearing suitable clothes around the home to help resist the urge of turning the heating on.
Make use of the sunlight
The lighter mornings and longer evenings mean you can reduce the use of your lighting around your home, providing you with a very simple way of reducing your energy bills. Also keeping your curtains and blinds open for longer in the evenings will provide natural lighting as well as some extra warmth if the sun is still shining.