how to save energy in the home

A couple of weeks ago it was announced that some of the energy companies will be increasing energy prices by up to 10%.  I could rant all day about this, but I’ll save my rants for here and instead be more constructive and offer up another really easy energy saving tip, that will help save you money too.

Tip 11 to save energy is as easy as they get:

no cost ways to save energy

Close your curtains (or blinds).  At dusk.

And I bet you’re saying “yup, I already do that anyway, what’s the big deal Wendy?”.  Well, you’d be surprised – it’s dark quite early on here in Edinburgh at this time of year.  On my journey home from work I lose count of the number of houses and flats I pass on the bus where the light are on, the TV is on and the curtains are wide open, or the blinds up.  And yes, I admit I’m nosey and look inside people’s houses whilst sitting in traffic..!  Not that I’m judging, I’m just thinking about what a waste of energy it is!

The simple fact is closing your curtains at dusk helps stop cold draughts and helps keep the heat in your home.  Even if you have double or triple glazing in your home and they are draught-proofed you can still lose heat through your windows so it’s a good habit to fall into doing.

Obviously open them again in the morning – opening your curtains/blinds in the day lets in warming sunlight, helping to heat your home passively.  Even on dull winter days it’s still better to keep your curtains open to let in as much light as possible.

That’s the easiest way to save energy.  If you want to save a bit more energy and don’t mind a bit of leg work and spending a little bit of money, then lining your curtains with thermal lining material is one of the best ways to keep heat from escaping from your windows.  It’s easy to buy thermal lining material by the metre online and there are also some cheap deals on eBay with some going from £1.50 a metre.

If you’re not handy with a needle/sewing machine, and don’t want to pay to have them lined then here’s a handy guide on how to line your curtains without having to sew.  Lining your curtains could save 10% on your bills, helping to offset that pesky energy price hike.

If you want to save even more energy, check out posts 1 to 10 in my saving energy series for tips and advice to save big time.


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