I have been doing abit of an energy saving experiment for one year now (on and off).
I live in a two bedroom apartment with neighbours up stairs and have neighbours attached next door,
I have insulated the double glazing with heavy oak blinds in the rear of my property and quadruple curtains at the front windows also double
I fitted an extra oak internal door as double type insulation to prevent drafts from the main entrance front door.
As well as insulated flooring I think I have taken this as far as I can,
I started to leave the heating on all day with the main boiler set at minimum and the thermostat set between 21/23 mainly at the weekends when every
one is home.
My cooker is run of Propane gas so not an issue regarding bills.
Eventually after a certain time had elapsed I had the heating on full time all during the winter months, What I discovered was the internal walls
kept a certain amount off heat in them (similar to thermal bricks) and off course the gas bills went up (quit a bit).
My bills went from £50 a month to average out at approx. £72 a month over a year, Now I pay by direct debit saving me 10% on my gross bill.
There where times when I had to have the thermostat at 25/30 but not to often,
All this is to prepare when we go into semi retirement I have an older pension set aside purely for the purpose off paying gas bills in the future.
The thing is (as most members my age) will appreciate is the heating off your home over everything else like food water washing and other things we
take for granted when in a full time reasonably paid job.
Keeping ourselves warm in the winter is the biggest priority (imo) in the future as the energy supplier company's have us over the proverbial barrel
so to speak.
Next steep is to fit an internal or external wood burner for really cold days as the weather is dipping ever colder here in the northern part off
Hope im not to much off topic OP, But thought this is a problem that is the biggest threat/killer (?) for Seniors here in Ireland.
Thank you for listening