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Thursday, 29 October 2020

How To Cut Your Energy Bills Whilst Working From Home

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If you’re one of the many people in the UK easing into working from home life this year, you’ll know how tricky it can be to keep your home and work separate from one another. As well as getting used to the changes being made to your working life, it can be very stressful trying to balance the budgets, especially as we get into the winter months.



Luckily, making a few changes to your daily life can make a huge difference to both your comfort levels while you have to work from home, and your bank balance too. Here are some tips for cutting your energy bills this winter. 


Make the Most of Natural Light 


As we get further into the winter months and the temperature begins to drop, the days when the sun shines feel like more and more of a treat. As well as giving your mood a boost - sunlight can up your serotonin levels, helping you sleep better and feel more relaxed - sunny days can be used to your bank balance’s advantage. Positioning your work from home desk by a window that gets a lot of natural light will help you cut down on the amount of time you spend with both lamps and the heating on, as the sun will keep you feeling warm instead.  


Switch on the Heating Only When You Need to 


A common misconception when it comes to your heating is that it’s cheaper to have your heating on at a lower temperature for longer. However, experts agree that the best way to save money on your heating bill is to make use of a thermostat. With fitted analogue timers, Heatline boilers give you full control over how long your radiators are running for, making for efficient heating that helps you keep your bills low and your family warm. 

If your boiler’s over ten years old, or you feel as if your radiators are taking a long time to heat up, the most effective way to cut down on your energy bills in the long run, is to invest in a new boiler. Offering an easy to use tool to help you find the most energy-efficient boiler for your home, BOXT make it quick and simple to install a new heating system that won’t see your energy bills go sky high this winter. 


Consider a Room Rearrange  


Are your sofas, armchairs or cabinets blocking your radiators? Especially if you have high ceilings or bigger rooms, leaving furniture in front of your radiators won’t let the heat circulate, so you’ll find your energy bills rising, without getting the cosy and warm feeling you expect. To stop this from happening, make sure your work from home setup leaves plenty of room for your radiators to heat your entire space effectively. 

 


Refreshing your interiors by rearranging your space also gives you the chance to spring clean just before winter really gets going. Investing in accessories like fluffy rugs will help make your space more comfortable, as well as stopping your feet from getting cold. It can be difficult to change things around at home when the nights draw in, so moving your furniture now will help you both stay warm, and give your home a whole new lease of life for the winter months to come.  


Hunt Out the Draughts  


They’re easy to ignore in the summer months, but when it starts to get frosty outside, draughts in your home can quickly make your radiators feel non-existent. Investing in a couple of cheap draught excluders, keeping the doors shut while you work from home, and checking your windows are sealed properly will stop the warm air leaving your space. This means you’ll feel the benefit of your central heating for longer, without the need to leave your radiators on all day long.  


Ensure You Are Getting the Best Deal


Energy prices are always changes and unless you are on a fixed tariff this can see your bills go up and down throughout the year. Checking that you are receiving the best deal when it comes to your energy bills is super easy and could be saving you money every month. You can do this by doing your own research online or by using a handy comparison site in which you input some details and it will let you know which company is the cheapest or best deal for you. This should be done regularly to ensure you are on the best deal and saving as much money as possible throughout the year.  


Keep the (Hot) Drinks Flowing 


Last but not least, one of the easiest ways to keep warm while you work from home is to have a steady supply of tea on the go. Hot drinks increase your body temperature, while holding a warm mug can make you feel warmer too, helping you resist the urge to pop the heating on for another hour. This is also important when it comes to your concentration. One of the biggest adjustments to make when working from home is blocking out distractions, which is easier said than done when you have kids playing in the next room. Staying hydrated with warm drinks to hand aids your concentration levels, making you more able to focus and quickly tick off your to-do list.  



Are you currently working from home? How do you keep your energy bills down in colder months? Let me know in the comments below. 


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**This is a collaborative post.**

9 comments:

  1. Oh I am SOOO sending this to my fiancé! He is still working from home 2-3 days a week and I come home to a house hotter than the sun!

    I keep telling him he needs to wear more layers! I am so tight.

    This is great advice though x

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  2. These are some great tips - I can image for many people their electric bills have gone right up so having some hints and tips is such a bonus.

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  3. This is really helpful. I work from home all the time and tend to work from one of two rooms because of the awesome natural light!

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  4. This is a great help especially now people are working from home which will mean bills will be increasing as well

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  5. These are all useful tips. I try to turnoff all the lights after husband leaves. He leaves everything on!!! I only use lights that I need. I may pop the table near the window now x

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  6. We didn't have a door between our kitchen and our garage for ages and I always got cold in my office as it's close by. But as soon as we put a door on there it made such a difference. I'm definitely making the most of the natural light but it's getting so dark so early now x

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  7. These are great tips for those looking to reduce their energy bills especially since so many have experienced a hike with working at home in the last few months

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  8. My husband works from home and is terrible at always having the heating on rather than wearing a jumper.

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  9. I've had my heating on almost constantly the last few days! I am awful, I definitely need to go and turn it off and just put a hoodie on

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