With winter approaching, we can start to think that saving money is near impossible, and coupled with Christmas, that we may as well kiss goodbye to our bank balance for the time being. But if you’re trying to save money, especially around the house, it’s worth looking at your heating bill. In one respect, you can’t expect yourself to freeze throughout the entire winter, but as well, you don’t want to be bitten by an excessive bill a few months down the line. So what are the best ways for you to save money on your heating, so you can put your feet up and be nice and cosy without feeling guilty?
Upgrade Your Heating System
Yes, it is expensive at the outset, but it could save you up to £200 a year. Getting a new electric heating system that you can control yourself means that it doesn’t have to be too hot, so therefore it won’t be too expensive! You could install a new boiler. The vast majority of boilers now have programmable thermostats, so you can set them to come on and off when you want. While there’s a lot of talk about smart metres that can tell you just how much you are spending on your bills, there’s been some debate as to the efficacy of them. It’s certainly worth getting one, so at the very least, you can get into the habit of seeing how much you spend on any given day.
A great way to save approximately £100 a year. Switching suppliers isn’t just a way to cut back on your heating bills, but it’s something that can yield other benefits. You may be paying through the nose every month for your heating or electric, and while you may think that your work is cut out for you by switching suppliers, it’s never been easier with the various websites out there that can do it for you. It’s also worth getting in touch with your supplier to see if they can do you a better deal. We tend to avoid switching suppliers because we think it’s a lot of hassle. Or we think that we are stuck in a contract, but if your heating is the most expensive part of your utilities, it’s worth doing some research. As well, there are plenty of suppliers who are more ethical in their practices. A supplier like Bulb are cheap, and they don’t have a fixed rate.
Draught Proofing Your House
Approximately 20% of all heat loss is due to poor ventilation. Checking your property to see if there are any bits of air seeping through cracks in the walls, or poorly installed windows can save a significant amount. Look behind the radiator, because if you have a radiator on an external wall, a lot of the heat is going out the back of it. You can install special insulation foil to retain the heat in the property. And purchasing a handful of draught excluders will work wonders in the run-up to the coldest part of winter.
Insulating Your Loft
A great way to save approximately £110 a year on your bills, insulating your loft could reduce your energy costs by 15%. You don’t have to hire a professional to do it. In fact, you can do it yourself if you have no loft insulation. The recommended depth is 270mm, and if you seldom go into your loft, take the opportunity to do it now. When you think about the fact that heat rises, a lot will be lost through the roof. Insulating the loft is a priority, but if you are able to, insulate the walls and floors as well. If your home has unfilled cavity walls, you could save approximately £90 a year on fuel bills. It is an expense upfront, but it only takes a few hours to complete. You should also insulate your floors if they are made of timber. Professionals can lay mineral wool insulation which can save approximately £40 a year.
Not Wasting Electricity
We can certainly be viewed as tight if we switch the TV off at the mains, but when you start to think about all the appliances that are on throughout the day and the night, you could save roughly £100 per year. You could purchase energy-saving light bulbs but also get into the habit of switching everything off after you’ve finished. Leaving things on charge pointlessly is going to add up. It’s a big habit to get into, but once you are into it, you should see the difference.
Pick Energy-Efficient Appliances
As well as energy-efficient bulbs, you can purchase so many different products as long as they have the Energy-Saving logo. These days, many products have strict criteria on energy efficiency. Picking products that have an “A” energy rating means that you will save plenty. You can go on the energy saving trust website to get more information.
Ways To Reduce Your Heating Bills
It is possible, but it’s just about getting into good habits. The first thing to do is to turn your room thermostat down by 1 Degree C, which could save you approximately £40 every year. 1 Degree is something that we won’t notice. After a while, you may want to try and turn the heating down a little bit more. And we have to remember that, in a biological sense, we are programmed to acclimatise ourselves to a lower temperature. Just make sure it’s not too cold! During dusk, close your curtains; this stops heat escaping through the windows. You also need to keep furniture away from the radiators if you can. We have to get into the habit of creating a convection current which is where the heat will circulate around the room. By blocking the radiator, you are not letting heat get out properly. It’s also worth getting into the habit of fixing any bad appliances. For example, if you have a dripping tap, you can easily make this change yourself by purchasing a new faucet. But also, be sure to turn the water off properly. A hot water tap that drips provides enough hot water to fill half a bath during the space of a week. As well, think about using the half load setting on your washing machine. If you are someone who uses the highest settings all of the time, try the 30-degree wash. This will save you up to three-quarters of the cost of the hottest cycle.
A simple as it sounds, putting on an extra layer means that you will feel the benefits! We can rely so much on putting the heating on, that we don’t make the most of what our bodies are capable of. Heating has become a part of our lives but what we used to do hundreds of years ago is put an extra layer on! Our bodies are incredibly resilient when it comes to the cold. And one of the benefits of being exposed to the cold is that our bodies try to warm ourselves up a little bit more by burning fat for fuel. So if you want to try a more organic way of saving money on your heating, you could very well do this! But be careful if you’ve got children!
It’s easy to save money on heating because there are plenty of options. Try to find the right ones for yourself, and try different combinations. A lot of people panic because the winter means there will be more expensive bills, but it’s also worth seeing if you are eligible for heating allowance. Whatever your concerns, there are ways around it.
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