10 Ways to keep your house warm this winter… and save money on your energy bills…
Open your curtains in the daytime to make use of the free heat which will come through. As it begins to darken close your curtains so they act as a layer of insulation and help keep warmth within the rooms.
2) Timers for your Central Heating
Set timers for your heating to come on a little before your alarm each morning to warm he house ready for you. If you set your boiler to come on a little earlier at a lower temperature this will be cheaper than turning it on full as soon as you need it. Just always remember to turn the heating off when it is not needed.
3) Move your sofa
Most homes have a sofa situated in front of a radiator, but the sofa absorbs the heat that could be warming your home. If the radiator is uncovered the heat can circulate freely around the room. This is the same with curtains, if you place the curtains behind the radiator you will benefit more.
4) Maximise the insulation in your home
Insulation is key to a warm home. Around 25% of heat produced in the home is lost through an uninsulated roof and 1/3 of heat is lost through the walls. Although it is not cheap to install like loft insulation, wall insulation can save you around £180 per year on your heating bills. To enquire about funding for energy efficient measures pop your details over to Eco Grants and we will call to discuss this further with you.
5) Wrap Up!
If your heating system includes a hot water tank check that it has been properly lagged or insulated. An uninsulated tank can cost you around £120 a year.
6) Keep the numbers low
We was all told that we should keep our thermostat set to 21°C in the living room. since then Public Health England revised this to 18°C. Turning your thermostat down by just 1°C can save you up to 10% on your heating bull. So keep the numbers below 21°C, save money and avoid a cold home.
7) Block those draughts
Even a simple solution such as a making your own sausage dog draught excluder will help keep the warmth in your home. The Energy Saving Trust estimates that DIY draught-proofing your doors, windows and cracks in the floor could save £25 per year. You can do this yourself for very little cost. Self-adhesive rubber seals around doors and windows and door draught excluders are relatively cheap and easy to install. So it’s worth getting those doors and windows sealed before winter properly kicks in.
8) Thermostatic Radiator Valves (TRVs)
Research at the University of Salford has shown that installing heating controls and thermostatic radiator valves results in energy savings of 40% compared to a house with no controls. These work by allowing you to programme your heating to come on at predefined times – so you only use energy when you need it. New smart thermostats can also be controlled remotely via your mobile so you can turn on your heating on the way home, ensuring it’s nice and toasty when you arrive.
9) A more energy efficient boiler?
If your boiler is more than 10 years old, it may be time to replace it with a new, more efficient model. Depending on your old boiler type and house, you could save up to £350 with a new A-rated condensing boiler – which uses less energy to produce the same amount of heat. Plus, if it’s new, you’re less likely to have any issues going into the winter season.
10) Reflect that heat
Radiator panels are relatively cheap, easy to install, and ensure that heat from your radiators warms up your room and not your walls. They work by reflecting the heat back into the room.