Tips for Cutting Home Energy Usage

When it comes to shopping around for your home energy supplier, how often do you review the
market? Ofgem’s latest findings from their September 2020 report show that, from January to July 2020, 2.5 million customers switched gas supplier and 3.3 million customers switched electricity supplier. And with the cheapest available tariff at around £807 a year – compared to an average standard tariff coming in annually at a whopping £1,125 – you can see that it’s a valuable use of your time to look into switching. 

But what else can we do to cut our home energy bills? Ofgem suggest the following tips, which are easy
ways to reduce energy waste, throughout the year:

  • Switch to energy saving lightbulbs and turn lights off when you leave a room
  • Turn taps off fully – a dripping hot tap can waste up to half a bath full in one week alone
  • Dry laundry outside when the weather allows, reducing tumble dryer usage
  • Wash full loads in your machine – two half loads use more energy
  • Close curtains and blinds at dusk to stop heat from escaping

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It’s also a sensible idea to check for heat loss from draughty windows. And if you’re lucky enough to have
timber sash windows, this is something you’re probably very familiar with. So, what’s the best way to
deal with this issue?

Install draught proofing
Whether your original windows need repairing or restoring, or they’re beyond help and need replacing,
you may be relieved to hear that sash window draught proofing is extremely efficient. The Ventrolla
Perimeter Sealing System is a discreet and innovative solution for keeping your home warmer and reduce
energy bills. Having evolved over 35 years, this unique, precision manufactured system has solved the
problem for thousands of UK households. It can also stop rattles, prevent water and dust from entering
your home and reduce outside noise. In a range of colours, the VPSS will blend seamlessly into your
home, too.

Think about double glazing
Double glazing doesn’t have to mean compromising on the character of your home. Ventrolla can make
slimline, double glazed sashes and install them into your existing sash box, or manufacture new
hardwood double glazed sash windows. Both ensure modern energy performance and sympathetic
styling go hand in hand.

Consider secondary glazing
Secondary glazing enables you to keep your original windows and yet still enjoy modern home comforts
and reduced energy loss. It can also add a welcome layer of security to your home, and is very efficient at
reducing the noise from outside. In a choice of Traditional or Heritage styles, Ventrolla’s secondary
glazing is a discreet solution that can cut energy bills.

Upgrade your window dressings
As Ofgem recommend, closing your curtains as it gets dark is a great way to stop warmth from escaping,
keeping your room looking and feeling cosier. But you can boost the heat retaining quality of your
curtains or blinds by opting for thermal linings or choosing heavy insulating fabrics like velvets and
brocades – which not only keep the heat in but are a perfect complement to the style of a period home.

So if you’d like to cut your energy bills, ask Ventrolla how they could help upgrade your timber windows