Efficiency will help you hold onto your euros over the winter
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.