Did you know that the simple act of closing your curtains (and opening them again) could keep your home warmer, and therefore save you energy and money? It’s true, read on!
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. Instead, I will be more constructive and offer up another really easy energy saving tip, that will help save you money too.
Regular readers will know that something I’m really passionate about is saving energy. It helps keep down your energy bills AND helps the environment at the same time.
On average, electricity and gas use creates about a quarter of all carbon emissions from our homes. Cut our electricity and gas use, and we cut our carbon emissions, helping to tackle climate change.
Whilst you can save energy by making improvements to your home, I’ve been focusing on the tips anyone can do without spending any money. Whether you own your home or not.
Which brings me on why you should close your curtains to keep your home warm.
Why Should You Close Your Curtains?
Closing your curtains (or blinds) at dusk is a really important task in keeping your home warm.
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 is 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 from penetrating. And it 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. Therefore it’s a good habit to fall into doing.
Don’t Forget to Open The Curtains Again!
Obviously, open them again in the morning. Opening your curtains/blinds in the day lets in warming sunlight. This helps 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.
Can I Save Even More?
Closing your curtains at dusk is the easiest way to save energy. If you want to save even more energy and don’t mind a bit of leg work and spending a little bit of money, then there are other options. 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. There are also some cheap deals on eBay* with some lining material selling from just £1.50 a metre.
If you’re not handy with a needle or sewing machine and don’t want to pay to have them lined then don’t worry. 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.