This winter looks set to be a tough one as due to the COVID-19 crisis, we’re going to have to spend more time indoors than ever before, and not only that but all those festive events that are usually on over the winter period will be canceled. It’s going to be a strange time, a strange end to what has been a very strange year. While there are plenty of activities, you can do indoors and in your bubble this winter, what you don’t want is for your energy bills to increase massively because you’re spending so much time at home. So, how can you make your home more energy-efficient this winter to ensure that your time at home doesn’t end up costing you a small fortune?
Update Your Roof
Replacing your roof with energy-efficient shingles is an opportunity to turn your roof into something that saves you money, and according to Affordable Home Services, a new roof using energy-efficient singles is one of the best home improvements you can make.
Invest In New Windows
While it might seem like a big expense upfront, you windows are one of the most important parts of your home, and getting energy efficient double glazing is one of the best eco-friendly home improvements you can make. Double glazing not only looks great but will insulate your home better than you ever imagined, and you may even notice that the noise pollution in your home is reduced as well.
Treat Yourself To Some New Curtains
Curtains are something else to consider when sorting out your windows, as not only do they look cute and cozy, they provide an extra barrier and reduce the amount of cold air coming into your home. Investing in high-quality, thick curtains is a good idea and will help keep heat far better than blinds or ordinary thin curtains.
Buy Draught Excluders
Investing in a draught excluder is one of the quickest and cheapest ways to keep your home warmer.
Use Thermal Wallpaper
You can also make your home more eco-friendly by insulating your home with thermal wallpaper.
Upgrade Your Air
If you’re not going to be having the windows open as often as you would in the summer, you need to consider the air quality in your home. Houseplants increase oxygen levels, and Dracaena plants are one of the most effective air filters as they remove formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, and carbon dioxide.
Unplug Your Devices
Even if your devices are switched off, if they are plugged in, they are still using energy, so basically wasting energy. Make sure your electronics are unplugged at all times unless you’re using them.
Right now, it is more important than ever to support local businesses, but this is also good for the environment too. If you eat in-season produce, this reduces the carbon footprint, which comes from shipping foods from elsewhere. Either try growing your own fruit or veg and buy it from a local farm or market as this will significantly reduce the environmental cost, and it will taste better too.