With winter just around the corner, heating your home will be another inevitable cost as you try to keep your home warm and comfortable. If you live in a cold climate or simply use a lot of heat, you know how expensive it can be. Thankfully, there are many ways to lower your heating costs during the winter. This post will cover four interesting methods you can use to help you to reduce your bills without sacrificing too much in terms of comfort.
Why Do Heating Bills Seem So High?
Aside from the fact that there seems to be a global energy shortage, there are several reasons why the cost of heating your home is often so expensive. For example, did you know that it actually costs more to make your house warmer than it does to cool it down via air conditioning? Because of how a home is heated and cooled, heating is more energy-intensive than cooling. A home can be cooled by exchanging heat with the outside to make it cooler. But heating involves the use of heat energy. With this in mind, what are some things that you can do that will enable you to reduce your bills and keep more money in your pocket over the winter?
Your boiler is the beating heart of your heating system, and as such, it is typically working around the clock to keep your water warm and your house comfortable. Consequently, high utility bills are often caused by a malfunctioning or old boiler. If this is the case, you might even want to consider a replacement before the temperatures begin to drop dramatically. Fortunately, new models are highly efficient, so you can find how much a new boiler costs here if you want to upgrade. However, if your boiler is not that old, you might still want to get it serviced to ensure it’s in good working order. You will usually notice signs that your boiler has problems, ranging from minor issues that can be fixed by replacing a few parts to significant issues requiring a complete replacement (which shouldn’t be an issue if it is still under warranty). Some things to look out for include:
- Unusual noises
- Foul smells emanating from the machine
- There is localized leaking
- Your radiators are taking a long time to heat (this might also be an indicator that they need bleeding)
- Yellow flame instead of blue
Insulation is one of the reasons why British homes have become so energy efficient since it traps the heat in, which reduces the amount of heat lost. Although most modern homes are required by legislation to be fully insulated to official standards, many homes still don’t have the necessary amount. If your home falls into this category, you really should consider getting your home insulated. In most cases, grants from the government can help you cover the costs. You can, however, simply begin in your loft, where the majority of heat escapes if you are worried about the price. In order to turn your home into an energy-efficient dwelling, you should find that it is more cost-effective to start in the attic. You will still save considerable money each month if you insulate your home thoroughly, and it should also pay for itself over a couple of years.
This is arguably the easiest tip on this list! All you have to do is to go around your home and decide which rooms are unoccupied or that you can close off for the winter months. In this way, you will reduce the amount of effort required by your boiler to heat unused space. Best of all, if you end up using one of these rooms, you can simply turn the radiator back on. A good idea would be to go around your house and turn off (or at least half off) each radiator until you need the room again. As long as you follow this routine consistently, you will discover that you aren’t spending much energy.
Smart thermostats are electronic devices that automatically adjust the temperature in your home. Due to their ability to sense the temperature and adjust themselves accordingly, they are more efficient than traditional thermostats. They can also be controlled remotely using your smartphone or tablet and help you save energy by providing tips on cutting down on energy consumption. You can purchase a more advanced one yourself, or if you contact your energy company, they usually offer one for free (which is less sophisticated but still works).
There are several simple things you can do to lower your heating costs in the winter. Most of them are actually pretty straightforward to implement, such as having your boiler serviced or turning off radiators in unused rooms.
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