3. Air your house properly
Some people leave their windows ajar even in winter. By doing so, they lose 200 liters of oil on average per year. At the same time they do little to refresh the air. Instead they are cooling down the walls, which, in turn, increases the risk of mildew. It’s better to air your house three times a day by opening the window for five minutes at a time. If a draft blows between the rooms, even a windowless hallway will be replenished with fresh air. If you live in a Minergie-build, it is usually sufficient to set the ventilation to the lowest level. Aerating won't be necessary.
4. Avoid heat loss
Do you feel a little draft coming from somewhere? Windows that aren’t airtight leak energy. This is where “Do it yourself!” comes into play. Cover up gaps with self-adhesive seals or consult a handyman. At night, shutters and curtains prevent a room from cooling down. You can also avoid heat loss by sticking thermal reflector foil behind the radiator and ensuring that no furniture is in the way preventing heat from circulating. Heating pipes which run through cold rooms should be sealed off, otherwise you’ll lose heat this way too.
5. Use LED light bulbs
In the darker time of year, our lights are on for longer. Are you still using conventional light bulbs? It’s worthwhile to replace them with LED bulbs if you can. They might seem a bit expensive when you buy them, but they use ninety percent less power. LED fairy lights, which you can use to decorate your living room, give off a feeling of warmth that’ll add to the overall heating of your house. Tip for the garden and outdoor areas: install a motion detector to reduce the use of lights and thus save power.
6. Put the kettle on
A cup of tea warms the body and soul – a welcome relief on cold days. But remember to boil the water for your tea in the kettle, rather than on the stove. This simple change reduces energy consumption by fifty percent. What’s more, when you cook pasta, potatoes or rice it’s more ecological to boil the water in the kettle first.
7. Replace your oil
Last but not least, consider replacing your oil or gas heating. With a heat pump or pellet heating you’ll help save the environment by reducing your CO2 emissions more than ninety percent. Heat pumps need significantly less power and are mostly maintenance-free. Pellet heating scores high among the different heating methods because of its low operating costs.