How Will You Save Energy When The Clocks Go Back?
This weekend sees the clocks turning back an hour, which finalises the onset of winter and, more importantly, means an extra hour in bed!
But don’t celebrate just yet, as an additional hour of darkness every evening could significantly increase your energy bill.
Daylight savings time was initially introduced to compensate for dark mornings, by turning the clocks back in the winter time and therefore providing an extra hour of light in the mornings. No one likes to leave the house for work in the pitch black, and the extra hour of light makes your early-morning commute that little bit easier, as well as making it a lot safer for children on their journeys to school.
However, upon leaving work we will be coming home to cold and dark houses. Before you whack the central heating on as high as it goes, and march around the house switching on every electric light as you go, just remember that 54% of our annual electricity bill and 71% of the yearly gas bill is built up in the darker winter months.
Here are a few tips to get you through that extra hour of darkness.
Set a Timer For Your Heating
After a cold and tiring commute home, you want to return to the instant gratification of a roaring fire. Yet, the reality is that most of us are met with a house that seems to mirror the temperature outside, or worse.
While it is tempting to blast the central heating on as high as it goes for 30 minutes (before you get too warm and have to open a window), this is extremely bad for your heating systems and plays havoc with your energy bill.
Set a timer for half an hour before you want your central heating to come on. Your home won't be roasting when you get in, but it will slowly be heating up to an optimum temperature that will last throughout the evening, as well as being kinder to your energy bill.
Install a Room Thermostat
Having a room thermostat set to an average temperature of around 15 degrees C will help maintain the core temperature of your house and could even save you anything between £70 and £150, according to research by the Energy Saving Trust.
The thermostat will turn the heating on until the room has risen to the right temperature and then switch it off once this has been reached.
Switching the thermostat to an even lower temperature at night time, while you snuggle up in an extra duvet, and during the day while you are out of the house, will also help to keep your energy bills lower this winter.
Light a Candle
Using candles to light up rooms that don’t need as much illumination, such as your living room, which is usually lit up by the television, is a great way to save energy.
Not only does it conserve your electricity usage, it also creates heat energy and helps to create a warmer cosier atmosphere, which can trick your body into thinking it is warmer than it is. Opt for an autumn scent such as spiced apple for a truly cosy winter atmosphere.
Of course, the best way to lower your domestic power bill is to use an energy comparison site. Love Energy Savings can help you to save money with minimum fuss.
One final tip: Make sure you turn your clocks back on Sunday. You don’t want to be turning up to work an hour early on Monday morning, do you!?