The planet is our home; we need to be more responsible. Here's what I do.
Our energy bill is something of a triumph! Unusually in the current climate…..
It’s going down!
For the last x years we’ve managed to have a rebate on our gas and electricity. In The Netherlands you pay a monthly tariff based on the number of people in the house and our regular use over the years.
Now it’s still a big cost but we’ve done a few simple things to help reduce this monthly cost!
Our house was built in the 1950s. The building industry was very pressured to find resources. So it’s a bit thin on bricks and the bricks are thin.
There are definite hot and cold spots around the place. One simple thing we do is keep the internal doors in the house closed, not just the external doors. We want to stop air moving around then the heating in each space is under less expectation to improve temperature.
When it gets dark we shut blinds and curtains around the whole house!
Windows let heat out.
We did some small alterations.
We added a curtain rail over the front door. Then we added a curtain rail at the bottom of the stairs to the attic. With an attic conversion, our house has a lot of stairs which allow air to move up and down the house. Hot air rises. The attic is the warmest space in our house so we blocked those access points.
I used a spare piece of material to make a draft excluder for that front door.
We shortened the living room curtains. They were covering the radiator before; that looked nice but it also pushed all the heat towards the space behind the curtain.
Every radiator on an outside wall in the house got a tin foil reflector panel against the wall behind it.
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I’ll be blogging about the briquettes in more detail but this wood stove utilises the existing chimney. We had it cleaned and the handy fella worked on the fireplace.
This refurbished French stove which was about a hundred years old was good value.
Let it burn!
We fuel the fire with tree trimmings and offcuts, briquettes from paper, cardboard and recycling. It closes the recycling loop and is better than shredding as our private paper goes up in smoke!
So we look forward to the fuel bill to see what the refund is going to be!
a blog by a multilingual expat-since-birth, linguist, researcher, mum of three, living in the Netherlands and writing about bilingualism, multiculturalism, parenting abroad, international life...