10 simple tips to keep your home warm
In Greece, house heating season starts around November and stops in March. The energy consumption only for the heating of the house reaches 70% of the total household energy consumption. Reducing this percentage - while keeping our home warm - also contributes significantly to reducing energy bills.
With these 10 simple tips you can keep your home warm with little or no cost. At the same time, you are preparing for a warm and, above all, cheap Winter.
Use your curtains
The heat offered by the sun is free, so make the most of it. Open your curtains and let the sunlight warm your home during the day. When it gets dark, close the curtains, which act as another layer of insulation and keep the rooms warm.
But first you have to make sure that you do not have leaks or gaps, so that the hot air is "trapped" inside the house, while the cold one remains outside it.
Use timers in your central heating
The Center for Sustainable Energy advises planning our boiler to start heating the house earlier - e.g. 30 minutes before getting up in the morning - but at a lower temperature. This practice will soon prove cheaper than turning on the boiler when you need it and therefore at a high temperature to heat the house quickly.
The reason is that the boiler heats at a constant speed whether you set the thermostat to 20 ° C or 30 ° C. But do not make the mistake of leaving your heating low all day, because then you pay for heat that you do not use.
Move your couch
You may feel great when you relax in your favorite position in front of the radiator, but this place absorbs heat, which could heat the whole house better.
By removing the radiator from bulky objects, the warm air that is emitted circulates freely and heats your home evenly.
The same goes for drying clothes: keep them away from the heat source and do not cover it, so that you make the most of the heat source.
Maximize your insulation
In terms of heat, about 25% is lost through the roof, if you live on the top floor. This percentage can be easily reduced by installing 25 cm of insulation throughout the roof. Use the same principle if you live on the first floor, above the flat. In this case you must take care of the insulation of the flat roof.
It is also very important to check the insulation on the walls of your home, as about 1/3 of the heat in an uninsulated home is lost. Although wall insulation is not cheap, the cost will quickly be deducted from the energy bill.
Keep the water warm
Make sure that your water heater or boiler is properly insulated to keep the water warm for longer hours. This way you reduce the cost of energy you consume.
The Global Energy Community believes that insulating a water tank could save up to € 190 per year. Even upgrading your existing tank insulation, however, will help you save money.
Lower the switch
The World Health Organization recommends a minimum room temperature of 21 ° C. Research suggests that adjusting your thermostat by 1 ° C less could reduce your heating bill by up to 10%. Therefore, keep the selector at 18 ° C, save money and avoid the negative effects of a cold house.
Keep cold outside the house
Sealing doors, windows and cracks in floors can significantly reduce the energy bill. And you can do it yourself for very small cost. Self-adhesive rubber seals around doors and windows are relatively inexpensive and easy to install. It is therefore worth sealing all doors and windows before winter.
Install thermostat valves
Research at the University of Salford has shown that installing heating regulators and thermomagnetic valves results in 40% energy savings, compared to a home without regulators.
Thus, the heating works at predetermined times, so that you consume energy only when you need it.
In addition, the new smart thermostats are controlled via your mobile phone, so you can turn on your heating at home, so that it is warm when you arrive!
Upgrade the boiler
If your boiler is over 10 years old, it may be time to replace it with a new, more efficient model. Depending on the type of boiler you have and your house, you can save a lot of money with a new condensing boiler with a nominal value of A -. The reason is that it uses less energy to produce the same amount of heat.
Radiators are economical, easy to install and heat the space and not your walls. This is because they work by reflecting heat back into the room and not by absorbing it.
Find out about radiators and heating panels from the experts of Sani Hellas , the exclusive representative of the two largest European electric heating companies Nobo and Atlantic .