In the UK, most homeowners switch their heating on as Christmas approaches and generally use it daily until March. If you’re one of these people, then on average, heating will account for over 70% of your total energy consumption. So, reducing this figure is going to work wonders on reducing your energy bill.
Even better? You don’t need to freeze! We’ve created this article to help you save money whilst still keeping your home warm, especially during the winter months. Should you require help implementing these at home, especially when it comes to a new boiler, we recommend calling in the professionals. Simply, Google “heating engineers near me“ and you’ll find a local company that can fit it for you.
Block Out Any Draughts You Have
Draught-proofing your doors and windows can help you save a considerable amount of money on your energy bills each year. Even better? You can do this with very minimal cost. Self-adhesive seals are a simple solution, and you can place them very easily. We recommend putting them in place during the summer months so that your home is properly insulated before winter kicks in.
Make The Most of Your Curtains
Sunlight is free and creates heat, so make the most of it when you can. Open your curtains fully during the day to make the most of the free heat. On the flip side of this, when night-time comes, close your curtains which adds an extra layer of insulation to keep your house warm.
Use A Timer for Your Heating
A timer allows you to control your heating and when your water boil comes on and off. This is really handy because it lets you choose how to programme your heating to suit the way your home is used. For example, if you’re asleep in bed or out at work for the day, does your central heating really need to be on? Most timers are now digital, but older systems might consist of a simple dial that you move around.
A good trick is to set your heating to come on approximately 30 minutes before your normal wake up time or before your due home from work.
Reposition Your Sofa(s)
You might feel all snuggled up when you have a sofa in front of a radiator, but this absorbs heat that could be warming the rest of your home. By moving your sofa(s) away from a radiator(s), hot air can flow more freely. The same goes for your wet washing too – keep it away from any radiators so you can get the most out of your heating.
Invest In A New Boiler
Modern boilers are far more efficient than older ones. If your current one is over 10 years old, then it’s well worth investing in a new one. The costs and savings you’ll experience will ultimately depend on your current boiler’s efficiency. But, one thing that is for sure, your home will be warmer, and cost you less – a “win win” situation.
Insulate Your Walls
Although wall insulation is the largest investment we’re going to discuss, it’s well worth doing in the long run and can save you money. In fact, if you’re living in a relatively older property made of uninsulated cavity walls, adding insulation could save you 100s of pounds a year. Over time, the initial investment can be made back in the energy savings.
Fill in Your Floorboards
We love stripped floorboards. They’re minimalistic and look great, but small gaps between the wood can let a lot of cold air into your home (and out!). You are going to be far better off filling in these gaps with a sealant but if you can’t bring yourself to do this, simply lay down some thick rugs to help with insulation.