With a chill in the air and the evenings quickly becoming frostier and darker, there is a strong impulse to switch the heating on and up. However, with energy prices rising annually, this is becoming financially unmanageable for many UK homes.
To ensure you don’t have to start wearing three jumpers at once, we have compiled 10 simple money saving tips to keep you and your family warm this winter.
- Attempt to reduce your energy bill
Firstly, make sure you’re not spending more than you should on your heating bills. It’s always worth investigating if you could be getting a cheaper deal from your provider, or shop around and compare prices to see exactly how much money you could save.
You may even qualify for a grant or cold weather payment.
Reducing your thermostat by just a degree can decrease your energy bill by almost 3%.
Alternatively, if you are not at home during the day, you don’t really want your heating set at a high temperature, make sure you are not heating an empty house. You can decrease the temperature by up to 10% and save a lot of money.
- Layer Up
This tip goes without saying, wear clothes to keep you warm around the house. Wear several thin layers rather than one thick layer, they trap warm air close to the body.
If you’re walking around in a vest and shorts in mid-December you’re doing it wrong! Layer up instead with socks, slippers, warm jumpers and anything else you can find to keep you warm.
Don’t forget your thermals too! A decent set of thermals will save you from the worst of the cold, and let you wear less bulky clothes on top of them.
- Seal Your Windows
An enormous amount of heat can escape through your windows, so sealing around them and drawing the curtains will make sure less of your valuable heat escapes.
Use basic household handy tools such as duct tape or bubble wrap to seal any cracks or gaps around the edges.
Also, do not underestimate how well a good, thick pair of curtains can stop draughts and trap heat. Hang the curtains over your windows, internal doors and front door as they can make a huge difference in poorly insulated houses.
Loft insulation can save you up to 15% on your heating bills. By acting as a blanket, the heat rising from the house below is trapped and is an effective way to reduce your energy costs.
Did you know that around a third of all the heat lost in an uninsulated home is lost through the walls?
Insulating your unfilled cavity walls could cut your heating costs by 15% and save you around £90 a year on fuel bills.
Having cavity wall insulation fitted into your home can take only a few hours, check to see if you qualify for any government help with the cost.
- Use Intelligent Controls
Recently, there are new central heating smart controls available on the market that will adjust the heat settings based on time and your daily routine.
For instance, it will automatically decrease the temperature for you when you leave for work and increase it half an hour before you are back. You can even change the settings for the weekend.
These products can be bespoke to you, your family and your home, all whilst having a significant effect on your monthly energy costs.
- Reposition The Sofa
If your sofa is located in front of a source of heat, you are wasting money heating something that doesn’t need it!
As the cold draws in over the coming months, reposition your furniture away from heaters so when the radiators come on, you can feel the full effect.
- Draught Seals
Gaps under doors can be a cause of draughts throughout the home. There are a variety of draught seals or sealing strips that can be used around doors and windows in order to reduce those breezes and stop the unnecessary loss of warm air.
Cushioned draught excluders can also make your rooms feel homely and comfortable in winter months.
- Get cooking!
Homemade foods can warm the soul as well as your body. A nice pan of soup or oven-baked deliciousness will be so enjoyable when you get in from a cold, rainy commute home from work.
Not only has it been proven that it can taste great on a small budget, but it also really healthy for you.
Then, when you’re finished cooking, turn the oven off but keep the door open – this will churn out heat around the kitchen.
- Eliminate wasted energy
Try and turn off those lights in the unoccupied rooms, or unplug that spare refrigerator in the garage if you don’t truly need it.
Turn off kitchen and bath-ventilating fans after they’ve done their job – these fans can blow out a house-full of heated air if needlessly left on.
Switch off sockets with nothing connected to them, and unplug phone chargers after use.
All of these small efforts will save you money.
- Get Your Boiler Checked Regularly
By having your boiler serviced regularly, the engineer can catch problems before they become a disaster that you do not need in the middle of a cold winter.
Besides identifying any deficiencies or faults, an annual boiler service can confirm that maximum efficiency is achieved. A boiler that isn’t working to its full capacity can have a very expensive effect on your energy bills.
When carrying out a service, a qualified engineer will review and inspect all of the boiler components and replace any parts that are no longer operating correctly. Therefore, leaving your home with a fully operational and efficient boiler. This will undoubtedly save you money.
Contact us for more information regarding our annual boiler service package.