With the arrival of winter, the majority of families expect to see a rise in their energy bills as the heating is cranked up to escape the biting cold outdoors.
However, staying warm this winter shouldn’t mean sacrificing your bank balance – in fact, there are a huge number of ways to keep your house warm and cosy without relying totally on your boiler. Here, we’ve taken a look at the top tips you need to know to save some hard-earned cash on your heating bills this winter.
1. Seal Your Chimney
Your chimney can be a huge reason why your house loses so much heat in the winter, so be sure to seal it when not in use. This doesn’t mean you can’t use your fireplace at all throughout the winter – just be sure to close it when you aren’t using it to ensure the heat stays in your house for longer!
2. Clear Vents & Radiators Regularly
Keeping your vents and radiators clear and clean will ensure the warm air circulates as efficiently as possible. To keep your vents and radiators clear, you’ll need to regularly dust them, bleed the radiators, and ensure you have no large pieces of furniture blocking them so the rooms can be heated efficiently.
3. Prevent Window and Door Draughts
As with your chimney, draughts through your windows and doors can be a huge contributing reason why you end up spending far more than you need to on your heating bills in winter. Prevent window and door draughts with draught stoppers for the doors, and thick curtains for your windows.
4. Window Maintenance
Another way to prevent draughts in your home is to ensure you upkeep your window maintenance year-round, but especially as winter approaches. If you haven’t got double glazing installed, you should seriously consider investing in it, as this can have massive cost savings long-term. Likewise, window frames and opening/closing devices should be monitored for damage and wear and tear.
5. Prepare for Winter
Preparing your interior design for winter will ensure your home stays warm and cosy regardless of much you have the heating on. Build up a stockpile of cosy blankets and bedding, and cushions and rugs for living areas. These simple soft furnishings can be extremely effective at keeping a home (and the people in it!) warm without needing to crank up the heating.
6. Use Curtains to Your Advantage
Curtains are a fantastic way of insulating your home from the cold, and keep the warm air trapped inside your home. To use curtains to their full advantage, be sure to invest in a high quality, thick pair that will prevent warm air escaping through the windows, keep the curtains drawn at night, and keep them open on sunny days to let the natural heat into your home.
7. Circulate the Air
Warm air rises, so to keep it well circulated throughout the rooms in your house you may want to make use of ceiling fans if you have them. Running the fans in your home in winter may seem counterproductive, but in fact, this will simply ensure the heat remains in your home for longer, rather than just constantly rising through it.
8. Turn Down the Thermostat
Simply turning down your thermostat by a few degrees when you are out of the house can create massive savings on your heating bills, without you even feeling the difference. Using a programmable thermostat can be a useful way of regulating the temperature in your house without having to adjust it manually every day.
9. Invest in Insulation
In an effort to reduce carbon emissions, the government Energy Company Obligation (ECO) means that free insulation is available for many UK homes. If you’re unsure if your home has adequate insulation installed, check out the government grant page here to find out if you’re entitled to free insulation for your home.
10. Get Your Boiler Serviced
Finally, getting your boiler serviced regularly is a great way to ensure it’s operating effectively and heating your house without using excess energy. Aim to have your boiler service about once a year to make sure everything’s in order.
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