Autumn has arrived and with it, so has the cold weather. Now all you want to do is keep yourself warm at home. But can you stay warm and save money on energy bills at the same time?
We are lucky to live in Portugal - a country with a temperate and mild climate - but we cannot ignore the fact that the colder months of autumn and winter make us feel chilly.
It's a new season and the weather has cooled down. When we come home, we realise that it is necessary to turn on the lights early and even need to turn on the heater to keep the rooms warmer. All this, as we know, will increase the electricity costs.
In the colder months, most people want to feel warm and comfortable when coming home a the end of the day, so it's only natural for the electricity bill to increase as a result.
Although it may seem counter-intuitive, the truth is that there are strategies that we can use to keep the house warm and save on energy.
Small everyday changes can help to ensure that you keep your room at a very pleasant temperature. These small changes, which can be used in place of or together with heating systems, are ideal for ensuring a warm home with a lower expense.
Find out 6 tips for heating your home while saving on electricity.
Tip 1: Make sure the house is well insulated
Before the colder days arrive, it is best to assess how well your home is insulated. A well-insulated home is critical to preventing heat loss and ensuring that the cold outside stays outside.
Ensuring a warm home by applying caulking techniques to windows and doors is the best way to ensure that you don't let in the cold and also to enjoy less heat loss from your heating systems.
A well-insulated home will help prevent heat dissipation from heaters and boilers, thus ensuring a warmer environment.
Tip 2: When buying heating systems, evaluate their energy efficiency
Most people choose to purchase heating equipment for their home during the colder months of the year.
To save on electricity while using this type of equipment, however, it is very important that you check the energy rating of the appliance before purchasing it.
The boilers that are sold today provide information about their energy efficiency. The higher the energy efficiency of a heating, the better it will be for saving money on energy.
This way you will know that you are keeping your home warm with the lowest possible electricity costs.
Tip 3: Take advantage of everyday heat sources
Oftentimes, we end up not taking advantage of some of the everyday opportunities to heat the home for free.
An example of this is when we turn on the oven to prepare a meal and turn it off after the food has been cooked.
When cooking in the oven, use its residual heat to warm up your kitchen by leaving the oven door open.
Likewise, just lighting a few candles around the house can help warm the room a little.
These are small changes that can make a big difference when it comes to heating your home at no extra cost.
Tip 4: Use solar power
When the sun shines directly on one of your windows, be sure to open the blinds or curtains to let it enter the room.
Solar power is one of the best ways to warm up your home and make the most of its benefits.
Make the most of the sunny days, and to make sure you get the most out of the heat, be sure to close everything when the sun goes down to ensure even more effective insulation for your home.
Tip 5: Use elements of comfort and decoration
Saving on the heating is something that can easily pass through the decorative and comfort elements found in our homes.
Using warm blankets across rooms is a good way to ensure you enjoy the warmth and comfort of spaces without having to spend more money on electricity.
Tip 6: Enjoy the luxury of fireplaces
If your home has a fireplace, be sure to light it up in the colder months.
As well as ensuring energy savings, this is a great way to enjoy a warm, beautiful and romantic atmosphere that will surely bring warmth to your home and your life.
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