Is your home costing you more to run that you would like it to, and even with the high energy bills that you are paying for, it still doesn’t feel cozy? If your home is lacking warmth and coziness despite that fact that you’re using tons of energy to heat it, then there’s a problem. The good news is, however, that by making just a few small changes, you can make your home a lot cozier and more cost-effective to run. Want to know what these changes are – then keep reading.
Find the sources of cold air
The first step to making your home feel cozier without using more energy is to find the sources of cold air. This means checking all of your doors and window frames, to see whether there is any cold air coming in. This is important, because if your windows or doors are able to prevent cold air from coming in, then this means that they will also be letting warm air out, wasting energy and making your home harder to heat. Once you’ve found the sources of cold air, the next step is to think about the best ways to deal with them. For example, for blocking cold air from getting into your home via a window, adding thick curtains can help.
Update your windows
One of the best things that you can do when it comes to making your home cozier and more cost-effective to run is to update your windows. If you don’t already have double glazed windows, or you have old ones, then perhaps now would be the perfect time to have them replaced. It might be expensive to replace your windows but if you think of the value it will add to your home and the amount of money that it will save you on the cost of your energy, it’s something that’s worth the cost. There are various options to choose from, from vinyl replacement windows to wooden-framed ones. The window type and design that you go for will depend on your budget and, of course, on the style of your home.
Seal up your windows
If you can’t afford to replace your windows, consider sealing them up instead. If you head to your local DIY store, you should be able to pick up some semi-permanent window sealant that you can apply to your windows to seal up any gaps and prevent energy wastage caused by the heat from your home escaping. (If you rent your home this is a good option.)
Change how you use your thermostat
When it comes to using less energy, changing how you use your thermostat can make a big difference. Believe it or not, by turning down your thermostat by a couple of degrees and setting it to come on automatically throughout the day for set periods, you can save a lot of energy. If you’ve got a smart thermostat, this can be incredibly useful as it allows you to check how much energy you are using and work out what you will need to do to reduce the amount that you are using.
There you have it, a guide to the little changes that could make your home a lot cozier and more cost-effective to run. Take note of the tips and advice above