As the weather gets colder, many of us start thinking about how to save money on our heating bills. Here are a few tips to help you keep your home warm without breaking the bank.
We can’t emphasize too much how important it is to get your home professionally insulated. This is because it’s one of the best ways to reduce heat loss and keep your home warm. There is no point in spending money on heating your home if most of the heat is escaping through the walls or ceiling.
An insulation company will be able to advise you on the best insulation for your home and provide a quote for the work.
Another way to reduce heat loss is to make sure your home is draft-proof. This means sealing gaps or cracks around doors and windows where cold air can enter. You can buy draft-proofing materials from most hardware stores or hire a professional to do it for you.
There are several different types of heating systems that you can choose from, and each has its own advantages and disadvantages. But one thing is for sure, an old or unmaintained boiler will cost more to run and will eventually become unreliable.
A new heating system, along with modern radiators, can be much more efficient and so reduces the monthly fuel bills. Getting radiators direct from suppliers online can be a great way to save money!
A combination boiler, also known as a combi boiler, is a highly efficient type of boiler that provides both heating and hot water on demand. Combi boilers are very popular in small homes and flats as they don’t require a separate water tank or cylinder.
The downside of a combi boiler is that if you have a high demand for hot water.
A system boiler is a more traditional type of boiler that heats water in a cylinder and then pumps it around the house to provide heating and hot water on demand. System boilers are generally more suited to larger homes as they can provide a higher flow rate of hot water.
The main disadvantage of a system boiler is that it requires a tank of water to be stored in an airing cupboard or loft, which takes up valuable space.
Convector heaters are electric heaters that work by using convection to circulate warm air around the room. They are typically used as supplementary heaters in addition to your central heating system.
Fan heaters are another type of electric heater that work by using a fan to circulate warm air around the room. Like convector heaters, they are often used as supplementary heaters.
Room Layout and Furnishings
The layout of your rooms can have a significant impact on how easy it is to heat them. For example, if you have a large open-plan living area, the heat is dispersed throughout areas you’re not using, so it costs you more to heat the areas you are using.
Make sure that radiators are not being blocked by furniture and that you’re not wasting heat by heating up empty rooms.
Hang Heavy Curtains on Windows and Doors
Heavy curtains help to keep the heat in and the cold out. If you don’t have heavy curtains, you can buy special thermal lining that can be added to your existing curtains.
Rugs and Carpets
Rugs and carpets help to insulate your floors and stop heat from being lost through them. If you have wooden or tiled floors, it’s even more important to add some rugs to help keep the heat in
Zoned heating is a way of heating your home using different temperature zones. For example, you might have a lower temperature in the bedrooms than in the living room. This can be achieved by using separate thermostats for each zone or by using radiator valves to control the flow of hot water to each radiator.
Use Smart Heating
Smart heating systems allow you to control your heating from your phone or other devices. This means you can turn the heating on or off and set the temperature, even when you’re not at home.
Some smart heating systems also come with features like automatic scheduling, so the heating will only come on when it’s needed, and weather compensation, which adjusts the temperature based on the outside temperature.
Lowering the Thermostat
One of the easiest ways to save money on your heating bills is to lower the thermostat by just 1 or 2 degrees. You probably won’t notice the difference in temperature, but it can make a big difference to your energy bills.
Wear Warm Clothes Indoors
Another easy way to save money on heating is to simply wear warmer clothes indoors. This might mean wearing a jumper or putting on a pair of socks. By doing this, you’ll be able to lower the thermostat without feeling cold. Do though make sure that the elderly, young children and people with health conditions are kept warm enough.
Our Roundup For Saving Money on Heating
It feels as if energy bills are constantly going up, and so this winter, it’s going to be essential to implement a range of ways to keep the costs down while still having a warm home.
From moving the sofa to stop it from blocking radiators to installing a new boiler system, there are a range of options you can implement no matter your budget.