DIY expert Phil Wyatt shaved hundreds of pounds off his energy bills by making a number of quick fixes around his home.
He spent just over £42 house insulation project And it made them more energy efficient — but it made huge savings.
Phil, 36, from Birmingham, managed to snag £315 from his energy bill With cheap tricks – some of which only took minutes to do.
Armed with a drill, Phil, who is self-employed and runs a DIY money-saver, goes into business YouTube channelin plugging the energy-guzzling hotspots around his home last winter, when his energy bills started to skyrocket.
“I could see what was going on with the energy bills and the economy,” he told The Sun, “and I thought I needed to do the best I could before the bills went up any more.”
Last year, prices rose by £1,223 – and so was Phil Seal cracks and gaps around his house To ensure that he does not spend more than he needs.
Phil’s energy saving mission was done on a shoestring budget, but “changed” his home.
“In general, the house is a few degrees warmer all the time.
“It means I don’t use as much heat as I used to, and I manage to lower the thermostat.”
Addressing hotspots that consume energy
From his loft apartment to his lobby to his front door, Phil has made a stalking Energy consumption hotspot project.
He insulated his top vent to prevent large drafts of air and prevent hot air from escaping.
Heat builds up, so if you have gaps in your ceiling, it’ll escape into your loft—so Phil has blocked it out to save on his bills.
He bought polystyrene insulation boards from B&Q for £12, which he cut and attached to the back of the loft door opening.
He also filled in the gaps with a purchase Project Exceptions which he installed around the sides of the opening.
“It would have been very easy to do – the upper hatch was in the back bedroom which was very cold, damp and musty at the time – but everything is fine now,” said Phil.
The windows are seriously hot spots, but Phil sealed it off by putting insulating weather tape around the cracks.
“When I put my hands on my window,” he said, “I could feel air entering through the cracks.”
“I got the tape for about £1 a box – it was really cheap Poundland. “
Phill did the same for his front door – and installed a draft stopper at the bottom of the door, which cost him £5 from his local hardware store.
He also sealed his mailbox – which is not in use – with leftover polystyrene which he used in his top slot.
“Closing those gaps makes a difference,” said Phil.
Since Phil had prevented hot air from escaping from his home, he was able to reduce his bills by lowering the temperature on his thermostat.
Last winter, it was set at 20 degrees, but now it’s keeping it at 18 degrees.
British Gas It is estimated that you could save close to £200 a year by lowering the thermostat by a couple of degrees.
Poorly sealed windows and doors – including loft doors – can save you an average of £60 a year, estimates Shell Energy.
Phil has also converted his old halogen lights to modern LED lights to lower his energy use.
You can’t buy halogen lamps in stores anymore, because they are not environmentally friendly.
He replaced all 21 of his halogen bulbs with new LED bulbs he bought from IKEA – he got two in a pack for £4.
British Gas estimates that you could save an average of £55 a year by switching to LED lighting.
That means Phil has slashed nearly £315 off his bill a year, according to expert estimates.
“I am very happy with the savings I have made,” Phil said.
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