It took its time but winter seems to be finally here, ready to make a house feel cold and uncomfortable without the help of central heating. The expense of heating a home varies hugely from family to family but your bills could be reduced (both in the short term and long term) by looking over some of these efficiency tips and seeing which would work for you.
Cheap Money Saving Tips
- Your grandmother’s simple advice is still as true today as it was in her day: if you’re cold at home then put on a jumper before you think of turning up the heating! It’s amazing how much money this simple, common sense approach can save.
- Be considerate about whether you leave doors open unnecessarily. Not leaving the back door open is fairly obvious if you’re trying to keep your house warm but open doors within the home can create draughts. You’re also making it that much harder for your heating to effectively warm your home. Especially in cases where you may only need one warm room to be comfortable, aim to keep doors closed at all times.
- You can use a long, thin cushion or a rolled up blanket to stop heat escaping in the gap under your doors. There are also affordable draught excluders that can help keep that valuable heat where you want it.
- Keep curtains and windows open in rooms enjoying some direct sunlight but shut them both when evening rolls in. Thick, heavy curtains are particularly good at sealing in heat energy during the evenings.
Midrange Money Saving Tips
- Radiators send heat directly up, which is great for heating your ceiling but can prove to be an inefficient way to warm your room. Rad Fan and other similar products offer you a simply solution that distributes heat in a way you can enjoy faster.
- Check all the seals in your home around the external doors and windows. You may find that they’re causing unwanted draughts. This is also the case for wooden floors, where a little sealant can make a room noticeably warmer.
- If you have a chimney then heat will be escaping on a regular basis. Unless you’ll be making regular use of your fireplace then consider getting a chimney balloon to stop draughts. You can even make your own for an affordable price.
More Expensive Efficiency Tips
- Taking additional control of your heating can allow you to have a greater understanding of your bills. You have have Hive installed and get clear feedback on how much heating your using, so you know how to make savings (although the initial outlay is £200 so you’re less likely to make that money back within the year).
- If you’re intending to replace the doors and/or windows of your home then there are many different ways to ensure that you get the best kind to save you money on heating. Everyone knows that double glazing is great for keep warmth inside but some sellers go the extra mile. Door producer Vufold presents their doors as both Part L and Part J Complaint. These are building features that must be energy efficient to a certain point in order to qualify. Part L Compliance is for England and Wales but Part J is actually tougher to get because Scotland demands better efficiency. So always aim for Part J complaint elements wherever possible.
- Consider getting insulation, the cheapest and most commonly used is insulation for a loft but wall insulation can also make a huge difference depending on the age of the house.
- If you have an old boiler then replacing it can massively increase the efficiency of heating in your home. Your boiler accounts for 55% of your heating bill and the Energy Saving Trust estimates that replacing an old one can save a family more than £300 per year.
If you can implement as many of the affordable options as possible then you may be shocked at the saving you’ll find. And upgrading to one of the more expensive efficiency options can require a large investment but you’ll be reaping the savings for years to come. Don’t struggle to heat your home this winter, see what you can do to make your home life more comfortable!