Most of us associate higher energy bills with the colder winter months when we’re all reaching for the thermostat and putting the lights on early as the evenings draw in. Yet summer can also prove expensive for energy users for a variety of reasons. By reducing the amount of energy you use over the warmer months, you’ll not only be doing your bit for the planet but cutting your fuel bills and saving money. Here are just a few top tips to help you get your home summer ready.
Keep blinds and shades drawn
Lovely as it is to have sunlight pouring through your windows, it quickly heats up a room. When the sun is on a particular part of the house, make sure you draw any curtains, blinds and shades to keep the heat out. This means you’re less likely to have to resort to the electric fan or the air conditioning.
Keep your windows open
Again, keeping windows open overnight during the warmer weather will help keep air circulating and keep the rooms cool. If you close them again in the morning when you draw the blinds you will help seal in the cooler air throughout the day.
Get your boiler serviced
Turning your thermostat down and adjusting your boiler’s settings will save you money. Now is also the time to have your boiler serviced, ahead of the autumn when you’ll need it again. For those requiring a boiler service in Guildford and the surrounding area, look to a reputable company such as http://www.rjplumbingandheating.co.uk/boilerServicing.htm. It’s important to use only qualified, Gas Safe engineers when carrying out boiler checks.
Turn off unnecessary appliances
Lighting and appliances can generate a huge amount of heat, as well as contributing to your energy costs when left switched on or on standby. Ensure you turn off any lights and appliances which aren’t in use, and consider switching to lower energy light bulbs which generate less heat.
Use hot water wisely
Only ever run full loads in the washing machine or dishwasher. According to Energy.Gov, heating hot water is the second largest expense on most families’ heating bills, so it makes sense to use it sparingly, particularly in warmer weather.
While everyone hopes this summer will be a scorcher, always keep your energy use in mind over the warmer months.
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