Save Money on Heating this Winter: Our Top Tips
Chilly winter evenings are quickly approaching, and so is the time that you’ll rely on your heater. Heating costs are a big part of your monthly home budget, and there are plenty of easy ways to save money on heating. From putting on a jumper to doubling up on insulation, we’ve gathered our best tips to save on your heating bill.
1.Turn down your thermostat.
This winter, save up to £10 a season by simply turning down your thermostat one degree and putting on a jumper. Every bit of energy counts when it comes to your heating bill, and small changes can lead to big savings
2. Draught-proof your house.
According to the Guardian, a typical home loses 20% of its heat through poor ventilation and draughts. You can prevent this with a foam or sealant available at most DIY shops. It’s an easy way to save money on your heating bill this winter.
Insulation is one of the best ways to save money on heating. While it does present an extra cost up front, it’s a very affordable option in the long run, as you could be losing up to 15% of your heating costs through poor insulation according to the Guardian. Insulate your loft, your walls, and even your floors to be thorough.
4. Pay online.
The way you pay your heating bill could be costing you money if you’re paying by cash or cheque. Most heating companies offer big discounts (this varies from company to company, but expect a 5%-20% discount) to customers who pay online, and even larger discounts to customers that pay monthly by direct debit.
5. Read your meter at regular intervals.
Many suppliers try to push estimated bills to customers, which means that the energy supplier guesses how much energy you’ll use in a year based on their data and averages it out. It could leave you paying far more than you need to on your heating. Read your meter regularly and supply the company with an accurate reading to make sure you don’t overpay.
6. Double-glaze your windows.
Double-glazed windows are great for keeping heat in, but can be expensive. Beat the cool weather this winter by putting a double-glazing film on your windows. You can buy film from a DIY shop or you can order it online.
7. Use an energy-efficient shower head.
If your shower takes water directly from the boiler, you could be losing money. A water-efficient shower head will reduce the amount of hot water you use, bringing down your heating bill because less energy is required to heat the water. Energy-efficient shower heads are very affordable (some cost as little as £6) and are a great way to save money on heating this winter.
8. Arrange your furniture efficiently.
If there’s a radiator on one side of a room, arranging a sofa or chair in front of it will block the heat, making the room feel colder. Keep the radiator clear to help the air circulate so you won’t need to turn your heating up.
9. Close the doors to the rooms you want to be heated.
This is a simple way to save money on your heating bill. According to Money Saving Expert, radiators, electric panel heaters, and convection heaters all work by circulating air within a room. Closing the doors to a space traps the air, keeping it warmer for longer periods of time.
10. Use a programmable thermostat.
Programmable thermostats are great for keeping your home at a near-average temperature. You’ll program in two temperatures, one that will trigger the thermostat to turn on (usually between 16 C-18 C) and one that will trigger the thermostat to turn off (usually 21 C – 23 C). These save money on heating by making sure your home never gets too cold, and the heater won’t have to work so hard to heat your home. Because it’s programmable, you don’t need to be in to make sure that the temperature stays constant.
For more winter tips, read our blog about How to Winter-proof Your Home.
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