1) Use Your Curtains
During the day when the sun is shining, you should make a point of opening the curtains to allow this free light to come flooding in. And once it starts to get dark, you can help to insulate your home against colder temperatures by drawing your curtains closed. Keeping the warm air in and the cold air out can also help to eliminate condensation from your home, although you should make sure there are no gaps or tears in your curtains.
2) Use a Timer For Your Central Heating
You may think that turning your heating on and off as and when you need it is saving money, but you can actually save more by programming the heating to come on about half an hour before you get up, according to the Centre for Sustainable Energy. Regardless of what temperature you set your thermostat to, a boiler heats up at the same rate, which is why this practice can save you money. However, you don’t want to pay for heat that you aren’t using, meaning you shouldn’t leave your heat on all day when there’s nobody home.
3) Move Your Sofa
Your sofa is actually absorbing heat if it’s sitting in front of the radiator, and it can pay you to move it away from that heat source, regardless of how appealing it is to sit in front of the heat on a cold winter day. You can also get the most out of your source of heat by moving your drying clothes or curtains away from the radiator, meaning the hot air will circulate more freely.
4) Maximise Your insulation
Installing about 25 cm of insulation in your loft can help to reduce the estimated 25 percent of your heat that escapes through the roof. If your home isn’t insulated, about a third of the heat is being lost through your walls, so it’s well worth taking a look to see if you can improve efficiency in that area. Your heating bills can potentially be lowered by up to $160 by putting in cavity wall insulation in your home. If the idea of free or reduced price insulation sounds appealing, contact your energy company to see if they have any special offers for insulation.
5) Wrap Up Warm
You may be able to save up to $150 each year simply by insulating or lagging your hot water tank, according to the Energy Community. If it’s already insulated, consider saving money anyway by replacing or upgrading the lagging.
6) Turn Down the Dial
In 2014 Public Health England suggested that the temperature in your living room need be no higher than 18 degrees C, a reduction of several degrees from the previously recommended temperature of 18. It’s an easy way to save money on your energy bill – potentially up to 10 percent – so try to get into the habit of turning that dial down just a few degrees.
7) Block Draughts
You can potentially save up to about £25 each year by simply making sure your doors, windows and any cracks in the floor are all draft proofed, according to the Energy Saving Trust. If you are going to tackle this relatively easy and inexpensive project yourself, it’s a good idea to get it done before the weather is freezing, and you can do a surprisingly effective job with some simple self-adhesive rubber seals.
8) Thermostatic Radiator Valves
If you like the idea of saving up to 40 percent on energy bills, consider putting in a thermostatic radiator valve and heating controls, which let you programme your heat to come on at pre-determined times. And you don’t even need to be home to operate these newer smart thermostats, which can ensure your home is warm and inviting, by allowing you to turn the heating on with your phone. All of this can save you 40 percent over a home that doesn’t use programming, according to studies by the University of Salford.
9) Upgrade That Old Boiler
A new A rated condenser boiler can save your household up to £350, depending on the size of your home and the type of old boiler you had, and it may be time to invest in a new one, especially if yours is older than ten years. A new boiler or furnace means the chances of it breaking down during the colder months are slim, and of course, you have the added benefit of saving money too.
10) Reflect the Heat
You want the heat given out from your radiator to warm up your rooms and not the walls, and radiator panels can make sure all that heat is being reflected back into the room. These panels are easy to install, effective and an inexpensive way to help you save money on heating costs.
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