Farm Ireland

Thursday 14 December 2017

Efficiency will help you hold onto your euros over the winter

Caitriona Murphy

Caitriona Murphy

The temperature drop of the last week has prompted everyone to top-up on heating oil, chop extra timber and order more coal.

Focusing on energy efficiency within the home is just as rewarding as cutting your energy bill on the farm and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland has some top tips for householders to save energy and money.

1.Many people keep their thermostat too high. Check it and if it's above 20.5C turn it down. Lowering your thermostat by just 1.5C will knock 10pc off your heating bill. Heat bedroom areas to less than 18.5C.

2.Turn off the heating overnight and when you are out during the day. Turn off the heating if you are going to be out of the house for more than a day.

Proper control and regular maintenance of your heating system can reduce fuel consumption by 10-20pc.

3.Much of the heat loss from a house occurs through the windows, particularly if they are single glazed.

Keep your curtains closed at night, even in empty rooms and also ensure that the curtains don't hang over the radiators as that will just funnel all your heat out the window.

If the radiator is mounted below a window, a projecting window-board or shelf above the radiator will direct warm air into the room, reducing heat loss through the window.

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4.Close room doors to separate heated from unheated areas of your home, and minimise the area you are heating. There is no need to spend money heating rooms nobody is in.

5.Use the timer on immersion heaters. This should supply you with enough hot water as and when you need.

Heating hot water accounts for 64pc of energy consumption in the home so be thrifty with it.

6.Turn the lights off when leaving a room.

7.Switch appliances off rather than leaving them on standby. This will save up to 20pc of your appliances' energy use.

8.Make better use of the timers on your boiler so you can control when the heating comes on and goes off. This means you have heating and hot water when and where you want it.

Acting on these eight tips won't cost you a cent and should keep euro in your pocket for longer this winter.

Irish Independent