Did you know that you could literally be burning money?
Many of us have no idea how much cash we waste by not being more energy efficient.
NIFHA is partnering with the Energy Savings Trust during Energy Savings Week, 5-9 November and sharing simple tips to stay warm this winter without breaking the bank.
Energy Saving Week brings together partners from across Northern Ireland working to help everyone save energy, reduce bills and limit the impact of our energy use on the environment.
Did you know, for example, that only 15 per cent of us have draught-proofed our homes in preparation for winter? While professional draught-proofing can cost from £85, DIY is much cheaper and could save around £25 each year, making your home a warmer and more comfortable place to live.
If a fire place is not being used, warm air can escape so insulating your chimney will make your home feel warmer, installing a chimney draught excluder can save around £15 each year on energy bills.
Insulating your hot water pipes is a quick, easy and effective way to reduce energy, as well as reducing heat loss from your system, lagging pipes will also prevent them from getting too cold in winter and therefore prevents pipes bursting.
An easy DIY install, insulating exposed pipes in a typical house, the materials will save around £5 each year on your energy bills.
More than half the money spent on energy bills goes towards providing heating and hot water. Turning down your room thermostat by just one degree can save around £75 a year, based on a typical gas-heated, semi-detached home without reducing comfort.
Angela Gracey-Roger of the Energy Saving Trust said: “Energy Saving Trust and our partners are looking to help households live more comfortably without increasing their energy bills. In fact, by following some of our tips energy bills can be reduced without impacting on comfort, as we believe no one should live in a cold home at winter or need to worry about their energy bills. The impact on people’s physical and mental health can be significant.”