Winter is long and the coldest time of year just begun. Energy costs are rising in Northern European countries and so it is a good idea to keep heating expenses within manageable limits with the help of a few tips. This does not mean however that you must sacrifice comfort. On the contrary, by considering a few rules of thumb, rising energy costs can be reduced in the long term. Doing so is not just profitable for you but also for the climate.
- 1. The correct room temperature
- It isn’t necessary to heat a living room above 22 degrees. Here the rule is 20 to 22 degrees. 18 degrees will suffice in the kitchen and in bedrooms, just 16 degrees is enough. Only the bathroom need be truly warm at 23 degrees. You can treat yourself as a test subject and see if you can manage with these temperatures. Our tip: Programmable thermostats make it easier to control temperature.
2. Seal windows and doors
If your windows and doors are letting a draught through, you can take care of this with the help of sealing banding and rubber seals to ensure that no cold can get in.
3. Ventilate regularly
Rush airing is important to take care of regular air exchange and fresh oxygen. Only tilted windows allow the walls to cool down on a permanent basis! If it’s warm outside, then you must correspondingly ventilate for longer. The following rule of thumb applies: Up to 15 minutes when it’s warm but, in winter, 5 minutes is usually enough. Close all windows at night and when you are not in the house. It is better to open the window as soon as you come home or when you wake up in the morning.
4. Do not cover radiators
You save up to 20% of the energy when you take care that the heating is unhindered and can circulate freely. Don’t put any sofas or furniture directly in front of the heating and maintain a minimum spacing of approx. 5 centimetres.
5. Service your heating regularly
It is important to have your heating professionally serviced on a regular basis. Only then will it be able to give out enough warmth and to work efficiently. Regular bleeding of radiators enables savings of 15 per cent on your heating costs.
6. Take care of insulation
Proper insulation in the walls helps to prevent heating costs from getting unnecessarily high. For example, putting blanket insulators between the radiators and the walls ensures that the warmth stays in the room. Shutters can be equally helpful – when available – if closed in the evening, to prevent cold air permeating from outside. If you build a new house, make sure you get the correct insulation material.
7. Close doors
There are always rooms, like the bedroom for example, which are rarely, if at all, heated. Close the doors to such rooms to ensure that heated rooms don’t unnecessarily cool down.
8. Create warmth
Not everybody loves carpets but they can ensure that a room feels two degrees warmer. For the winter season, it is ideal to at least lay out rugs or small carpets in some rooms to make sure the heating isn’t unnecessarily turned up.
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