Keeping Energy Bills Low in Winter
Keeping energy bills low
When I woke up this morning, there was a thick frost outside. The heating was on but I was still tempted to turn it up a bit. I don’t cope well with being cold and I seem to be colder than everyone else. When I’m wanting the heating on all day, they’re wanting the door open because it’s too hot. I even went to the doctors in the summer because I thought something was wrong with me! I’m cold all the time.
I’d love to turn the heating up but I don’t want to increase my energy bills. They’re too high as it!
I blame the tumble dryer for the majority of the electric usage. It’s made me lazy. I can’t remember the last time I put washing out to dry and we have it on nearly every day. Sometimes 3-4 times a day.
We have 2 girls who seem to generate a huge amount of laundry for some reason. I suspect that when they’re sent to tidy their room, they put clean washing in the dirty laundry basket so they don’t have to sort through it and put it away!
New Year Resolution
I don’t usually make New Year resolutions but this year I’m going to make just one. I’m going to do my very best to lower our energy usage.
The first thing to go is the dryer. Not literally, I’m keeping it but we’re not going to use it unless it’s an emergency. We have a great clothes horse we can use instead.
When it’s too cold outside, I’ll put it in the shower room while the clothes dry. When it’s a bit warmer, I’ll put it on the patio which has a cover over it. The clothes can still dry even if it rains!
It’s not all the fault of the dryer, though. There are other ways I can make changes to help reduce the monthly cost.
Instead of turning the heating up or having it on for longer, I’ll add more layers so I can get toasty and everyone else can be comfortable.
I’ve got a long woollen housecoat that I’ve had for years. It’s really warm so I’ll start wearing it more often. Also, Ant bought me a wonderfully soft blanket for Christmas. I was going to pack it away with the Christmas stuff but it’s just too nice and warm to stick in the loft while it’s still cold outside. I’m going to use at nighttime while I have a coffee and watch TV.
Premier Bathrooms has more hints and tips to help you reduce your energy usage which in turn reduces your bills.
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