When winter arrives and the first cold weather sets in, it is time to prepare our home so that it has the optimal temperature so that it is comfortable. The usual thing is to use devices that allow heating the home, but seeing the price of energy, there are other alternatives that can provide us with significant savings on each month’s invoice.
Is about practical solutions, some of them very easy and logical when implementing, which make it easier for our house or a room to maintain the appropriate temperature. Control heat losses and the entry of cold from the street with methods that we can all apply at home and that are reflected in the OCU to save on the bill. And following these steps, this has been my experience.
Using what we have on hand
Before continuing, I have to say that in all honesty, when we renovated our house five years ago, we invested a lot of money in improve insulation, both in the form of windows, walls, ceilings and doors. With this investment, important on the other hand, we ensure that the average temperature at home does not drop below 17° in winter and that taking into account that in my city the winter temperature is usually low.
Starting from this basis, the idea is to maintain a good temperature at home without having to use the heatingwhether in my case through radiators, a heat pump or pulling a stove.
Therefore, I have decided to try some of the tricks and methods that the OCU offers on its website. A series of recommendations with which to optimize the temperature that I have at home without having to use, or at least doing it as little as possible, heating systems and thus save on the electricity bill.
Natural light and insulation
In the first idea it is take advantage of natural light and sun. If our home has any of the rooms oriented so that they receive natural light, we must leave the blinds up and the windows closed, so that the sun acts as a natural radiator. In this way, the king star will achieve that our house has a kind of greenhouse effectat least during the hours when the sun’s rays are strongest and directly affect us.
In my case, and leaving aside these days of water, It is at noon when the sun shines intensely in winter, in living room and bedroom. A good way to put into practice this system that they discuss in the OCU of creating a kind of greenhouse with sunlight. During that time, approximately an hour and a half, the blinds are raised and the windows closed, so all you have to do is put your hand on the parquet or get closer to that part of the room to notice how the temperature is higher.
And related to the windows, it is important to ventilate the house. The same as to cool it in summer, prevent fog on the windows or the appearance of humidity, At home I open the windows when I get up and thus I help to purify the air, renewing itself inside and then, when closing them, once again create a sealed space that does not lose temperature, since it is not necessary to open them the rest of the day.
If the closures and windows are good, this measure is unnecessary, but if they do not fit well, A good idea is to use weather stripping on doors and windows.. In fact, we already saw an example in this accessory sold by Lidl. They are small pieces of plastic that are placed on the door or window and that block the entry of air, preventing heat loss on the one hand and at the same time blocking the entry of cold air from the outside. At home, in fact, we put a weather stripping that serves as a sealant on the apartment door to prevent cold air from entering.
Furthermore, a good method that is always effective is to close the doors of the rooms in which we do not live. And I explain myself. In my case, for example, I live in the living room and bedroom, leaving a part of the house almost unused. That’s why I close those doors so that the heat is retained in “inhabited” areas without producing a transfer effect.
Even in the room where my dog sleeps, I close the door so that the heat is more collected. And for example, when we are in the living room at night, watching TV, we close the door that leads to the hallway so that the heat generated is not lost in wasted space.
In my particular case, I have parquet at home and a pet, which creates a dangerous combination if I want to use carpets. The floor is well insulated and since the heating pipes pass underneath, when used occasionally it achieved a heated floor effect.
However, in my parents’ house, where they use marble on the floor, they do use rugs. What’s more, after reading these tips, The idea was to also take the rugs to other rooms in which my nephews play so that they could be on the floor without having to be cold and not having to turn on the heating. In fact, even on the beach floor, they decided to put rugs to achieve a more cozy and warm atmosphere.
With the use of carpets and with the arrival of cold, the rooms, hallway and living room are covered and do not allow contact with the ground, so that the cold transmitted by the floor of the house is mitigated and greater warmth is achieved and for example, children can play with just their socks without getting cold. In addition, it is an economical remedy that at the same time serves to complete the decoration of the house.
In the OCU they recommend using dark colored curtains. And in this section I have to disagree, at least from my experience. It is true that, in winter, using curtains with dark tones can promote the absorption of solar radiation, but in summer, in a city like mine, with extreme temperatures, using this type of curtains can turn the house into an oven. In my case I use light colored blinds, thinking especially about the summer and it is not a question of changing the color of the curtains depending on the time of year we are in.
An exemplary measure that I have always followed is wearing the right clothes. Just like in summer I don’t turn on the air conditioning and I wear long sleeves, In winter I don’t intend to wear short sleeves and shorts at home either. and in this way I am almost forced to turn on the heating.
According to the OCU, lowering the thermostat from 24ºC to 21ºC will save you 20%. And each degree less translates into 7% less on the bill. Long sleeves, socks, cloth slippers, even a dressing gown, can be the best ally to save on your electricity bill. The pajamas, long sleeve or clothes to stay at home warm, it is something that is never missing in my closet.
If you have radiators at home, the best thing you can do is prepare them beforehand and use them. It is about making them work efficiently and for that the ideal is bleed the radiators and incidentally and if possible, carry out a check of the boiler. In fact, it’s something I’ve already done this year at home although I’ve only used the heating once.
When bleeding air from the radiators, boiler performance is improved and that the heat is distributed evenly across the entire surface of the radiator.
Likewise, when it comes to minimizing energy consumption, there are Other alternatives that I use to maintain the temperature at home. I have explained how a battery that is plugged in for only three minutes serves as a heat source for several hours. Another method with which to generate heat economically and that I have at home are the water bags that we can buy in many stores and that offer heat that is progressively released with which we can maintain a good temperature while we rest or work. . In fact, on many occasions, I have a hot water bottle nearby when I am working sitting in front of the computer.
In summary and by way of conclusion, we can say that all these measures have been effective. Some very simple steps to carry out without having to resort to heating systems, whether gas or electric, and thus save on your electricity bill. Many of them, such as the use of sunlight or appropriate clothing, are very logical criteria that do not escape the majority of the population, but whose application should always be remembered.
It also works to seek adequate insulation of the home beyond what we can achieve with a renovation. The use of aids in the form of insulators, which also, like curtains or rugs They serve as decoration, it is something really practical and easy to implement.
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