Winter is here. That means blistering cold mornings, irregular snowfall and freezing temperatures. If you do not make the right changes around your home, then you may end up paying way more for your heating than required, and this is the last thing you need when you already have so many other things to pay for.
Utilise your Curtains
Heat from the sun can really warm up your home, so why not make the most out of it? Open up your curtains and let as much light in as you can. When it gets dark, you need to shut your curtains. This will act as another barrier and a layer of insulation as well. This will keep a ton of warmth in your room and it will also save on your heating bill as well. If you have any leaks or gaps then this can also cause your home to lose heat, so try and make sure that you seal any cracks up and also do regular checks to make sure that your weatherstripping hasn’t degraded too much.
Try and Use Timers
It is highly advised that you use your boiler to turn your heating on a little bit earlier if you can. You need to do this 30-minutes before you get up in the morning. By heating your home up at a lower temperature, you can save money while also making sure that your home heats up at a steady temperature. You also need to make sure that you don’t leave the heating on all day because if you do then you are paying for heat when you don’t really need it.
Move your Sofa Away from the Radiator
It may feel great to have your favourite seat right in front of the heater but at the end of the day, this will be taking heat away from the room. Move it away so that the heat can circulate freely. The same applies for your curtains and even your clothes. Sure, drying clothes on the radiator may be convenient but it will stop heat from warming the room. If you want to get around this then you need to try and dry your clothes in the rooms that you aren’t using.
Maximise your Insulation
25% of your heat will be lost through the roof. You can reduce this by a significant amount if you install 25cm of insulation in your loft. It’s also a good idea to see what is going on in your walls, as a third of your home’s heat can be lost here as well. It’s not cheap to install loft insulation, so if you are going to do anything then you might want to focus on cavity insulation instead. This could save you hundreds every year in heating bills and sometimes you can even take advantage of a government scheme too. This will make the cost significantly cheaper and it will also make it much easier for you to get the job done.
Wrap up Warm
If you have your own hot water tank, then you have to make sure that it is insulated. This will keep the water way warmer, for longer. It will also help you to reduce the heating cost of your home as well. You could again, save hundreds by doing this. If your tank has a jacket that is rather old and worn out then replacing this can also save you a significant amount of money, so it is worth looking into this too.
Turn the Dial for your Heating
It’s recommended that you keep your living room at a steady temperature of 21°C. by turning yours down to 20°C or even 18°C, you could save up to 10% on your heating bill. You probably won’t even feel as though your home is cold and this is a fantastic way for you to stay warm without having to worry about the cost of it.
If you only have single glazing, then renewal by Andersen can help. Double glazing can really help you to save money and you may even find that your home is warmer as a result. By upgrading your windows, you can also increase the value of your home and this can really help you with your energy efficiency. Double glazing can trap heat inside your home, and it can also keep the cold out as well. If you are getting your windows re-done, then now is the time to make sure that you deal with any draughts and that you also replace your weatherstripping too.