Green Ways to Cut Your Heating Bills

Following Green Ways to Cut Your Heating Bills will keep you warm while saving money and the planet
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Most of us want to keep our heating bills under control. Often the main driver behind this is financial. This is understandable because many people are now living on a tight income.

However, that is not the only reason people want to cut their fuel bills. A lot of us want to play our part in protecting the environment, and see using less fuel to heat our homes as a good way to do that, which it is. The less fuel we waste the fewer pollutants are generated by it being burnt. In addition, the fact that less fuel has to be manufactured also has a positive impact.

Use green insulation materials

There are many ways to reduce your carbon footprint still further. Insulating your home will stop heat from leaking from it, and being wasted.

However, the type of insulation materials you use to do the job has a big impact on the environment as well. If you opt to use a 100% natural product like wool, you are clearly going to have less of a negative impact on the environment than you would if you used something like mineral wool or fibreglass. The manufacturing process of the natural products generates fewer pollutants, and these materials are usually100% biodegradable.

If you would like to learn more about the different types of insulation and their green credentials, you can do so here. The article goes into the matter in-depth and covers the subject of potentially replacing your roof with high-density biomass materials, which is another option.

Stop draughts in green ways

In many homes, draughts are a big issue. Research carried out by The Energy Trust shows that around 15% of the heat generated is wasted because of draughts. Often hot air leaks out under the door, or cold air comes in via that route making the occupants of the room feel colder and want to turn the thermostat up.

Most people deal with this issue using plastic draught excluders. These work well, but again quite a lot of pollution is generated during their manufacture and they take centuries to degrade when they end up in landfill. A much more environmentally friendly approach is to make a draught excluder sausage dog out of old fabric, which is just as effective as the manufactured kind.

Practical cost-free ways to save on heating oil

Getting everyone to turn off the lights and shut the door each time they leave the room is also a green way to keep your fuel bills down.

Get your boiler serviced

Having your boiler serviced on a regular basis is important for the environment. A boiler that is not maintained properly can belch out an alarming amount of pollution. Firms like Emo Oil know just how important this is, which is why they offer boiler servicing to all of their customers. This helps their clients to do their bit for the environment. In addition, because a properly serviced boiler always burns fuel more efficiently it also helps their customers to keep their fuel bills under control.