By Sugin Musgrave and Sonja Batchelor
This is how you can save money:
Wearing the correct clothing, having extra blankets to cover up with around the house, flannel bed sheets and heavier blankets for bed, sleeping in heavier pajamas and wearing slippers with socks around the house are great ways to cut your heating cost.
Remember the SUN! Open those your curtains, shades or shutters/‘rolladen’ this not only can help bring in heat but you can use the sunlight for light and remember to close when dark.
Only heat rooms you are in and don’t block the heaters with furniture or curtains. For example if you are not in your bedroom all day then turn down the heater to 1-2 (not past the snow flake) and then turn the heat up to 2-4 about 30 minutes before you plan on going to bed. If you like to sleep with an open window the door(s) to the other rooms should stay closed.
When you are not home leave your heaters on 1 or 2. Then when you get home turn them on 2-4. Or, if available, set the heater timer to turn it down while you are absent and sleeping and set it to heat up just before you get home. These often offer different settings per weekday. Some handles show what preferred setting should be.
IF YOU LEAVE YOUR HOME FOR A LONGER TIME PERIOD AS FOR DEPLOYMENT OR VACATION, MAKE SURE TO LEAVE THE ALL ROOMS HEATER ON LOW (1 or 2 according to current weather predictions; The snowflake setting is only warm enough to protect the radiator itself, not the water lines around it.) TO PREVENT THE LINES TO FREEZE, BURST AND CAUSE A FLOODING DURING YOUR ABSENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Program heater thermostats you can get in the hardware stores between 20 and 50 Euro to automatically sink the temperature in unused rooms if needed.
The ideal room temperature:
Living room: 20 – 22 Celsius
Kitchen: 18 – 20 Celsius
Bedroom: 16 – 18 Celsius
Bathroom: 23 Celsius
This way you can save a lot energy and money. Base rule: 1 Celsius less saves 6% energy
Stop the drafts: Inspect weather stripping around exterior doors, windows, pipes, and outlets. For contact the landlord before installing anything permit. For doors rolled towels or door draft stoppers will stop cold air from coming in and stop hot air from leaving. If your windows leak, seal them with self-adhesive rubber or foam seal bands from the hardware store. For pipes and outlets contact your local hardware store for foam or insulation and FYI closing some of these area will help keep out the mice.
Airing out your home the right way and stopping mold:
This is very important not only to prevent from mold but to keep a good room climate that makes you feel comfortable and gives your body what it needs not to suffer through the season. You will sleep better/ work easier and just enjoy your life more instead of dragging along without energy.
You must vent your home to prevent mold. However don’t constantly tilt open your windows. You can lose hundreds of Euro per heating season!
Try open your windows only a few times a day (the rooms with more moisture, then open more often when needed. For example in bathrooms, bedrooms and kitchens) opening your windows widely for about 5-15 minutes (if the temperatures are around freezing 5 minutes at a time are enough). Before airing turn of the heater in the particular room and close the door(s) to the other rooms.
Most bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms in Europe don’t have exhaust fans. In one of our bathrooms there is no window and the mold was starting. What I did to fix that problem was I got a small rotating fan that was turned on before hot showers. Once the person was out of the shower they ajar the door letting air flow. *As remember to turn the fan off once the room is dry we set a timer to ring*
Space heaters: Watch out for electricity monsters like electro ovens and electro space heaters only use energy effective heaters in rooms you are in. NEVER LEAVE SPACE HEATER ON UNATTENED.