In today’s time, climate change is no longer a buzz word; in fact, it has become a serious threat to our environment.
That said, as we’re slowly approaching winter in several parts of the world, it’s obvious that we’ll start relying more on our central heating systems to keep the home warm and cosy all day long!
However, what we don’t realise is that heating our home accounts for more than 70% of the total energy consumption. This means you’ll have to try reducing this percentage – of course, while keeping your home warm – to not only lower your energy bills but also to reduce your carbon footprint.
Let’s take a look at some of the eco-friendly ways that you can use to warm up your home during colder weather.
Make Use of Your Curtains
The heat you receive from the sun is free-of-cost, so why not make the most out of it?
During the day, it’s best to keep your curtains open as that lets the outside heat to enter your home. But the moment it starts getting dark, ensure that you’re closing your windows and covering them with curtains. This way, you can create an additional blanket of insulation and make sure your home remains warm throughout the night.
You also need to see to it that there aren’t any gaps in the room and if there are, ensure you’re covering them so that the inside heat doesn’t escape. Doing so will also help decrease condensation.
Set a Timer for Your Central Heating System
When it comes to your central heating systems such as an air source heat pump (ASHP) or the boiler, it’s best to program them to turn on the heat a bit earlier although at a lower temperature.
This is because your heating system warms up the room at the same speed regardless of whether the thermostat has been set at 20 or 30°C.
Nonetheless, do not commit the mistake of keeping the temperature at low the entire day because that way you’ll end up paying even for the heat that your home doesn’t really require.
Improve the Insulation of Your Home
Of the total heat that’s produced by your heating system, nearly 25% of it is lost through your roof and that’s why it’s better to get your loft insulated. While you’re at it, also check your walls for insulation since one-third of the total heat is lost through them.
Although maximising your insulation can be heavy on your pockets, it’s worth asking your supplier if there’s an ongoing scheme that can help you reduce the overall expense.
Turn Down Your Temperature Dial
Even though this might seem counter-intuitive to you, it’s still a good way to keep your home warm during winters.
Moreover, as per WHO’s (World Health Organisation) recommendation, it’s best to keep the temperature of your room to 18°C. It’s equally important to turn down your thermostat by 1°C in order to keep your home warm while lowering your overall energy bills by 10%.
Install a Radiator Valve
Studies have shown that installing a radiator valve along with other thermostatic controls in your home can help you save around 40% of the total energy and also lower your carbon footprint.
Additionally, since these thermostatic controls enable you to program your heating systems to start functioning at a predefined time, you get to use them whenever you actually need. What’s more, a smart thermostat can be easily controlled through your smartphone meaning you can turn on your heating system while on the way and ensure the room’s warm and cosy when you reach.
Try Reflecting the Room’s Heat
One of the best ways to reflect the heat off your walls and into your room is to install radiators in your home. These are affordable, can be easily installed, and make sure the heat produced by the system is used to heat up your home and not its walls.
Upgrade the Heating System
Though the last, this is the most efficient solution to keep your home warm when it’s freezing outside.
If your central heating system has been a part of your home for over a decade, then it’s high time that you get it changed with an efficient one.
No matter which type of heating system you purchase, all the latest ones consume very little energy to generate substantial heat and also cause zero to no issues during colder weather.
Well, there we have it – our top eco-friendly ways to create a nice and toasty environment in your home during winters.
While it’s not necessary to use all the tips, you could still try them out and see the amazing results for yourself!