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Energy saving tips for this winter

Mug of hot drink with steam coming out the top in a cosy room with sunlight shining in
When temperatures start to drop and winter approaches, having proper heating and plenty of hot water around the workplace or home becomes more of a priority.
Making sure that your working space or home is prepped with efficient heating this winter will not only benefit the environment, but also save you money on energy bills. 

To make sure you’re fully prepared for those long, dark and chilly winter months ahead, we’ve pulled together some of our top energy saving tips from our experts. 

Roy Bateson, Senior Gas Engineer at Calor Gas, said: “Every year, as we hit autumn and long summer days become a fading memory, there’s a range of measures our customers can take to save both energy and money whilst still keeping warm and efficient.

“We encourage all of our customers to check out these tips so that they can save on their energy this winter. Naturally, as we head through the coldest part of the year, the demand for LPG and BioLPG increases significantly but everyone at Calor is hard at work all year round to be best prepared for whatever weather winter has for us.”

1.) Insulate 
Most modern, newly-built or renovated properties have excellent insulation as part of a nationwide commitment by house-builders to create energy efficient homes and working spaces. However, if you maintain an older property it is worth making sure that your walls and particularly the attic, is insulated to make sure that heat is retained properly. Insulating cavity walls and the attic will make sure that your property stays warmer for longer this winter. 

2.) Boiler 
If your boiler is not working at full capacity, then it can dramatically affect performance.  That’s why it’s a good idea to have boilers serviced annually.  Doing this means that you can rest easy knowing that there will be no nasty surprises and that it’s in top working condition throughout autumn and winter. Regular services can also cut costs in the long-run as it helps you avoid the need to pay out for potential expensive repairs. In addition, switching to a modern LPG or BioLPG boiler can lead to increased energy and cost savings. Find a gas safe registered engineer near you, using our handy installer finder tool.  

3.) Draught defence
Every small crack or draught you have around doors or windows is going to let warmth escape and let cold air in during the chilly months ahead, which decreases energy efficiency. Checking that there are no external draughts is a quick yet important job to tackle before the temperatures drop. On top of this, using draught excluders and products such as draught-proof letterboxes or loft hatches can all help to keep the cold out of the property. They’re relatively cheap to buy and can help contribute towards those important energy saving costs.

4.) Kick-start kitchen efficiency 
Small changes in how you use your appliances around the kitchen can also make a big difference in the amount of energy you use throughout the winter and even all year round and this is even more important when you’re running a commercial kitchen, in hospitality for instance. For example, no matter how many pots and pans you’re using, if you don’t have the lid on this is burning away energy - amazingly cooking with the lid on can reduce the necessary energy usage by a third. If you’re cooking and preparing food on a large, commercial scale then inefficiencies like this can make a real difference to your ongoing costs. 

The same thinking applies when you’re boiling the kettle, making a cuppa, or boiling large amounts of water for food preparation - the more water you’re boiling the more energy is consumed. Where you can, try to boil just the right amount of water you need at that time.  

5.) Small change – big difference 
Choosing to lower your thermostat just one degree during the winter can result in a significant saving of both energy and costs in the long term. It’s a simple but highly effective way to save energy with just a very small day-to-day change. 

6.) Layer up
Finally, whilst this might seem incredibly straight-forward, sticking a jumper on as an extra layer can help warm you up between two and four degrees, so this is always worth doing before you even look at the thermostat. With people spending more time in their homes throughout this autumn and winter as many continue to work remotely, heating your home all day long can easily become costly, so throwing a warm jumper on as an extra layer every day is a wise choice.  

7.) Let there be light
If you’re a business then consider implementing some simple measures that could help bring your energy bill down. During the colder months make sure you’re harnessing any sunshine that you might get. You can do this by making sure windows aren’t obstructed by filing cabinets, machinery, technology or office furniture. This will let the natural sunlight in to the area and help to keep your office or commercial space that little bit warmer in the process. 
In addition, consider using energy efficient light bulbs which can help to drastically reduce the amount of energy you use. This type of bulb also lasts about 40 times longer than your standard bulb so you won’t need to find volunteers to keep changing the light bulbs!

Combining all of these tips will mean that not only will you save on energy and have lower bills, but you’ll also be creating a more environmentally-friendly space.