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Energy-saving tips to protect your home from winter

Summer is coming to an end now and the sounds of back to school and reality echo through the air. We had good weather this summer, but it is impossible to avoid the fact that the coldest days are coming.

Accompanying this drop in temperature, an increase in the price of energy bills is expected. However, there are things we can do now to start preparing for the winter months and rising energy bills.

Carry out an audit

First, audit your bill and make sure you’re not overpaying for your energy. Even if the price of energy goes up, if you’re out of contract with your current energy supplier, you could get a good deal by switching. It’s definitely worth pulling out your bill and looking at your change options.

Protect your home against winter

It’s important to get good insulation and make sure your windows, doors and chimney are properly insulated. This will save you money in the long run as it will ensure your home is warmer. Check your attic insulation and see if you can improve it.

Rob Flynn from Bonkers.ie has shared some tips to help you keep your property warm in the colder months without increasing the bills. His checklist is as follows:

“Draughtproofing your home is a quick and easy win when looking to improve your home’s energy efficiency. By checking cold air inlets in keyholes, doors, windows and open fireplaces, you can effectively combat heat loss and keep heat where you need it. »

Schedule boiler maintenance

Next on Flynn’s list is getting the boiler serviced, which he says is a critical task for the longevity of the home.

“Many energy providers such as Bord Gáis Energy have details and offers on their websites that will make it easier for you. For example, you can book a service with Bord Gáis Energy for €99 but they will also allow you to spread the cost of the service with monthly repayments of €9.

Electric Ireland and other websites also have details on upgrading to solar panels. You can even use their calculator to check how much you could save by upgrading.

Pay attention to the little things

There are also the little things around the house that will help you.
Live a “lightbulb moment” and invest in purely energy-efficient light bulbs now. Monitor and reduce hot water consumption. If you’re looking to save money, avoid a long hot shower.

Regularly bleed the radiators

Flynn says making changes to your home’s heating doesn’t have to be a onerous task.

“In fact, it’s surprisingly easy to conserve energy, save money, and reduce your carbon footprint at the same time, all within a day’s work.” Check radiators for trapped air that is preventing them from working properly.

“If there are any cold spots on your radiators, especially at the top, that’s a sign they need bleeding. This releases the air and ensures your heating system is working to its full potential, Flynn said.

“It is important that the heat sources, be it the radiator, the fireplace or the storage heaters, are not obstructed by furniture. TVs, sofas, bookshelves or Christmas trees should never be placed in front of a heat source if possible,” Flynn added.