With shorter days come cold-weather energy bills. Each year the same worries about the cost of keeping warm rear their ugly heads, whether those costs are to us or the planet. But we don’t have to put up with it. There are a some fairly simple solutions which last years and save countless pennies in the long run.
A well-insulated home retains a lot more of its heat, as it is prevented from escaping through roofs and walls. This can generate significant savings on your energy bills as you’ll require less energy to keep your home cosy. The walls and roof can leak warmth at a terribly wasteful rate if left uninsulated, so you might think about starting with those. Natural insulation is a great way to go. You can be trust it to do its job, having spent a while working on their insulating abilities. People have worn sheep’s wool for around 5,000 years, and it’s still a favourite of ours come wintertime. Hemp is a fast-growing crop and has very little impact on the planet, so it’s perfect for the eco-conscious. Hemp insulation does a brilliant job, too.
What’s more comforting than sitting in front of a roaring fire when the nights are drawing in? The answer is not much, but you don’t have to rely on dirty fossil fuels to keep warm. Whilst wood is undoubtedly the one of the best sustainable fuels, there are other things around which help to cut down on waste and felling. Green Dragon Farm Grown Fuel comes as a solid made from the co-products of rapeseed crushing. It burns up to three times longer than wood and gives off twice the heat. It also produces a beautiful, orange rolling flame. What’s not to like? You can get hold of the fuel in chunkier blocks or handy little nuggets.
Once the fire’s lit, you can make it go a little further with a some easy-peasy energy-saving habits. Does the phrase born in a barn sound familiar? Leaving doors open lets out all the heat, so keep them shut tightly and the heat locked in. Draw the curtains too. With the sun setting earlier, there’s not much to see outside the windows anyway. Wrap the room up with a set of heavy curtains and stop the heat from escaping through the panes to save both money and energy. Then try out a Calfire EcoFan. The fan sits on top of a stove, being spun by the heat from the fire. It pushes heat into and around the room for more even warmth, and doesn’t use any additional energy, so you don’t have to worry about the environmental impact.