Seven Simple Yet Essential Household Hacks for Cutting Energy Costs

To say that keeping energy bills under control is a hot topic right now would be something of an understatement. Facing an unprecedented and escalating living-cost crisis, millions of UK households are finding it more difficult than ever to make ends meet.

Consequently, any savings that can be made where monthly utility bills are concerned are more than welcome. Particularly with more energy cost increases on the horizon, there has never been a better time to take a proactive approach to energy efficiency at home.

As with most things, it’s the simplest of everyday adjustments here and there that can add up to the biggest differences. Simply by getting into a few good habits here and there, it’s possible to make a noticeable improvement in energy efficiency.

  1. Try to get into the habit of unplugging appliances that are not in use, rather than leaving them on standby. The more devices and appliances around the home you shut off completely between uses, the bigger the energy savings.
  2. Turning your home’s thermostat down a degree or two can help, but so too can shutting off the radiators in the rooms of your home that are not being used at the time. Upgrading to more energy-efficient radiators is also an option if you have doubts about their efficiency.
  3. Switching all lightbulbs around the home to energy-efficient LEDs can make a huge difference. The highest-quality LEDs have come down significantly in price as of late and, in many instances, offer a near-indefinite lifespan for unbeatable value for money.
  4. Keep all interior doors closed when possible, with the exception of the kitchen when using the oven. Try to keep as much heat as you can trapped in the spaces in which you spend your time, rather than allowing it to disperse throughout the rest of your home.
  5. Investing in smart lighting solutions can also help. This could mean swapping your conventional light switches for a centralised smart switch or purchasing smart bulbs that can be controlled in a way that minimises energy consumption.
  6. Install weather strips around all external windows and doors in order to help retain heat and keep cold air at bay. This is particularly important for all the windows and doors, which may not be providing your home with adequate protection.
  7. Last but not least, consider upgrading your window dressings to something more energy-efficient. As most heat loss occurs through a home’s windows or doors, this could actually be the best possible place to start.

Reducing heat loss with window shutters

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Even the most energy-efficient windows are limited in their capacity to keep warm air indoors. This is where high-efficiency window coverings can make all the difference, like plantation shutters.

Studies have shown that expertly-fitted window shutters have the potential to reduce heat loss through windows by as much as 60%, something that could have an immediate and permanent effect on your energy bills while making your home a more comfortable and enjoyable place to spend time.

At Riverside, we specialise in premium-quality plantation shutters for all types of classical and contemporary interiors. Made-to-measure and with a broad range of colours and styles available, we’ll help you bring your interiors to life while protecting your home from the worst of the winter weather.

For more information on any of the above or to discuss any of our product collections in more detail, contact a member of the team at Riverside Shutters today.

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