It is not always cheap to keep your home warm during the winter but we want to help you change that with our list below that will not only keep you warm, but also save energy and in the long run, money.
Use Curtains Wisely
It should come as no surprise to you that a lot of warmth from within your home, escapes through the windows. One way of helping to prevent much of this loss is to use your curtains wisely. If possible, try to invest in a set of thermal curtains, if not, close them before darkness hits or while you’re out of the house and keep that heat inside. Be sure to open them during the day if it is sunny outside to make use of the sun to heat your home.
Central Heating Timers
The Centre for Sustainable Energy advises that programming your boiler to turn the heating on a little earlier – such as 30 minutes before you get up in the morning – but at a lower temperature is cheaper than turning it on just as you need it at a higher temperature. This is because a boiler heats up at a constant speed whether you set your thermostat to 20°C or 30°C. But don’t make the mistake of leaving your heating on low all day – because then you’re just paying for heat when you don’t need it.
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Obstacles in Front of Radiators
Anything that is covering your radiators such as curtains and clothing, or obstacles in front such as a settee, need to be moved. These are absorbing a lot of heat that should be used to heat your home. Move them out of the way to allow the hot air to freely circulate your home.
Around 25% of the heat within your home is lost through the roof. You can reduce this with ease by installing insulation throughout your loft. In a home that is uninsulated, around a third of the heat is lost through the walls so it is worth looking into cavity wall insulation. It isn’t necessarily a cheap investment to start with, but it will save you a lot of money in the long run. Many suppliers here in the UK temporarily run insulation schemes in which they offer cheap or sometimes even free insulation so it is worth checking with your supplier.
Wrap the Water Tank
A hot water tank that is properly insulated will keep your water warmer for longer, at the same time reducing costs. Even if you just opt to upgrade your tanks existing jacket can go a long way in saving you money.
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Turn Down the Thermostat
The World Health Organisation previously recommended a minimum temperature of 21°C in the living room, but Public Health England later revised this to 18°C. Turning your thermostat down by just 1°C could cut your heating bill by up to 10%. So keep the dial at 18°C, save money and avoid the negative impacts of a cold home.
Keep the Draughts Out
Even a simple solution such as a making your own draught excluder for the bottom of your front door will help keep the warmth in your home. Self-adhesive rubber seals around doors and windows and door draught excluders are relatively cheap and easy to install so it is better to do now before the cold weather really kicks in. Basically if your home has a draught, patch it up.
Upgrade Your Boiler
If you have an old boiler installed in your home, it may be time to consider having it replaced with a more efficient model. Condensing boilers use less energy to produce the same amount of heat. Plus, a new boiler means there is less of a chance that you will have any issues with it in the winter months.
You can purchase purpose made radiator reflectors fairly cheap or you can create your own even cheaper. Cover a piece of card with foil and place it behind your radiators. These will ensure that all the heat produced from the radiators is reflected back into the rooms. Your rooms will warm up faster and retain more heat.
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Seal Unused Rooms
Many of us have rooms that we rarely use within our home and we are wasting plenty of energy by warming them when it isn’t needed. In the unused rooms, close the vents and door, and place a towel at the bottom. Once you stop heating it, more heat will flow to the rooms that really matter.
Insulate Your Pipes
Pipe lagging is easy to install and cheap too. It is basically foam tubing that you place over your hot water pipes to keep the water within hotter for longer. The added benefit of these is that they will help to prevent your water pipes from freezing too.
Bleed Your Radiators
Check your radiators are heating to the top. If they aren’t, the chances are you need to learn how to bleed a radiator. It sounds a bit medieval, but all it means is releasing the trapped air at the top, which is stopping the hot water from rising. Simply use a radiator bleed key (about £1 in any DIY shop) to open the little valve at the top. You’ll hear air hiss and as soon as you see a drip of water, close it up again. Bingo. Energy-efficient radiators.
Use the Oven to Heat Your Home
Once you have finished cooking, there is no point in closing the oven door again and wasting that precious heat. Leave the oven door open and let the heat transfer slowly into your kitchen, it’ll help keep your house warm while you eat.
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