Saving money at home – whatever the weather

A bout of bad weather can be quite a shock to the system – but so too is the inflated energy bill that comes a few weeks later.

But no matter how the weather is now, it’s never a bad time to make your home more energy efficient. Done right it will save you money while keeping you cosy – with an extra bit of warmth coming from the knowledge that you’re doing your bit for the environment too.

The easy wins

While the real benefits of energy efficiency take investment, there are some simple things that can give immediate savings.

Switching to more energy efficient bulbs is a good example of that – and while the returns may not be breathtaking, they’re not to be sniffed at either.

An LED bulb is more expensive than a halogen equivalent but that difference should be recouped within a year and, as they have a considerably longer lifespan, you won’t have to replace them as often.

With each bulb saving you a few euro each year, that adds up to a decent sum of money once multiplied across all the lights in your home.

Another easy change is to block draughts in the house. This can be done by adding draught-excluding seals to doors or by using a chimney flue balloon when your fire is not lit.

The savings from this are hard to quantify – but you should immediately feel the effects by way of a cosier home.

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Written by Adam Maguire.

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