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Should you be thinking of Winter energy saving  challenges right now? 

Updated: Jun 1, 2023

House prices go on  soaring and the cost of living in all areas, it seems, is on the up and up….and likely to go on doing so for the foreseeable future. It is a bit of a relief for sure that we are is now heading towards Summer…and warmer weather. But anxiety is still very much in the air as to what the next Winter ahead may be like…and by how much the much discussed energy price rises will bite, harass and cause us still more anxiety and concern.

For sure, in conversations we have had with contacts already, people are energetically practicing some ‘new moves’ to save… save energy for the future. Many are very much now looking closely at potential home improvement projects of various kinds to help the energy costs battle looming not so many months away.


Here recently we at Mint have already been putting out some words of wisdom for energy saving. But, in the spirit of plan… plan …plan…ahead are even more thoughts our team found online of late. Some are relatively manageable things to do.

frightening bills

With massive hikes to energy costs this year, many of us may frighteningly see our bills double. And, while the causes of these huge energy price increases may be beyond anyone's individual power to fix, we can all perhaps reduce some of the burden of our future steep bills by learning to plan how to use and save energy at home.. day on day ..week on week …..and month on month ..all the way to Winter’s arrival.

‘ins and outs’

Of course, if you are a homeowner, you can’t help but consider looking into the ‘ins and outs’ of more long-term energy saving projects like extensive insulation, double glazing, or maybe even a carbon-neutral home heating system, if you feel you can afford it. 

prepare best can

Of course, in the face of rising prices ’all areas’ many just can’t afford major energy saving works at home prior to Winter . So, if large-scale energy-saving projects are currently out of reach, either because you don't have the funds or if you rent, here’s for sure moves you could make and yes ..yes …every little helps when it comes to energy saving - that’s for sure!

meter readings

Submit regular meter readings to your energy supplier if you're still getting quarterly estimated bills. You could be overpaying by a considerable sum a year and also, if you are constantly underpaying for your actual energy usage, month on month you could end up with a large unexpected bill, if and when you do move out of your current home.

accurate readings 

Submit regular meter readings, usually every month. Note also …to take an accurate meter reading when energy prices change ….this i so that you avoid paying more energy at the higher rate.

price per unit

Next to consider, is to try and understand more about your energy bills which are calculated using prices per unit (kilowatt) of energy. When energy prices go up, the main thing you need from your supplier is the new price per unit of your electricity and gas. 

check those bills

Your previous bills will give you a good idea of how many kilowatts of energy you use every year or every month, so you can begin to work out how much your new bills will be. Note though, many suppliers nowadays will provide you with this information on their bill,  and hopefully offer some pointers as to saving by switching to a better tariff….check it out!

Take note….  Electricity always costs more than gas – just to give you an idea….electricity prices per unit are four-five times higher than gas…so electric appliance use is top of the pile to try and save on. So, the first thing you should do is cut down on unnecessary electric appliance use the very best you can. That’s not the computer you use for work or not having the lights on…instead seek out the less use relatively unnecessary appliances you have un use. You could even change to best energy efficient alternatives . Also, beware of those freestanding electric heaters…. They do guzzle that energy - so beware!

mind that thermostat

It all adds up …consider all kinds of appliances and see how you could cut their use time - one way or the other.  Heating is THE big cost for most, so ease down and regularly control that thermostat ….one degree downwards can win you all but £100.00 per year. Check for more guidance perhaps at Very much worth a few minutes ‘read round” …that’s for sure! 

standby for standby

Also, given a mention, when it comes to energy saving, is the issue of leaving items plugged in when they don’t need to be. Go on…take a trip around your place and chase out the plug sockets that are plugged in on standby …and do not really need to be.  Real savings can be made this way… just by remembering to turn off your appliances completely, rather than leaving them in standby mode.…yes it’s true …and as already said ..every little helps!

To end on - a further trio of ideas to further back that ‘every little helps’ campaign. DIY draught excluders are one lesson people can learn from previous generations. For the uninitiated, "sausage dog" draught excluders are vaguely reminiscent of the shape of a dachshund and typically rest at the bottom of doors, stopping heat escaping through the gap between door and floor.

radiators clear?

Check every room for draught excluder potential.. where can you put a strip to beat those energy sapping drafts!….Also clear your radiators. - avoid placing large pieces of furniture in front of them. The sofa you love right by the radiator IS absorbing heat.. heat you are paying for and really need for you and yours …and NOT the sofa! 

curtains check

Finally check the curtains …closing them helps keep the heat in… and good thick curtains are one of the main ways to protect your home from losing heat through the windows as winter comes. Curtains with a thermal lining are a relatively cheap option to further help too, we understand.

energy …save …save

There you are then ..plenty that can be done in preparation for the ‘closer-than-you-think’ Winter ahead - realty…really every little helps. The time is now …to get busy and be energy save.. save …saving…ready for when the months of 2022 move all too quickly into their more wintry and energy-guzzling mode. 

We at Mint Builders are, of course, here to help locally with all kinds of questions and ideas to help you save energy within an extension or renovation  project you may be planning.  We  have energy saving very much to the fore in all we do - you can be confident of that.

Feel free to request our project planning and quotation visit to refurbish or extend your home for increased future sales value and also,of course, for best energy saving ‘liveability’. Contact Mint Builders on 07734 211958 or email

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