Running a home can be pretty expensive!
When times are tight, or you come from a background where money wasn’t always so readily available, there will usually be a tendency to try to pay as little as possible while still having a decent quality of life and a presentable, warm home.
If that sounds like it describes you, be sure to continue reading. Here we bring you ten ways to heat your home for less.
- Make the most of the light
- Window coverings
- Check your insulation
- Turn down the thermostat
- Use a reliable method
- Dress warmer
- Rearrange in your rooms
- Bleed your radiators
- Reduce draughts
- Compare and switch energy suppliers
During the winter months, some days feel as though the sky never shows up, and everything is gloomy. However, to maximise the free energy we get from the sun, it’s essential to throw open your curtains just before the sun rises and allow the rays to provide even just the smallest bit of heat to your home. It will also help to brighten your mood, too.
As above, your windows can allow a lot of heat in, but this area can also allow heat to escape if you don’t choose your window coverings carefully. Many windows have radiators placed beneath them. If this is the case, no matter what type of curtains you have, the heat could escape pretty easily. However, if you choose to ensure the fabric falls in a way that the heat goes in front of them rather than behind, your room will feel the benefit of the central heating.
As we all remember from school, heat rises. Therefore, if your loft insulation isn’t up to scratch, you’ll be losing a lot of heat unnecessarily. Up to a quarter of your household heat can be lost through the roof, so ensuring a thick layer of insulation throughout your loft will make a significant difference. Although there is an initial financial outlay, this usually pays for itself pretty quickly with the money you’ll save over the years on your heating bills. In fact, once installed, it will be good for a number of decades, so if this is your forever home, you’re unlikely to need to reinvest in insulation.
As well as through the roof, heat can also escape through your walls. Insulating the walls can help to reduce this. Seek out the advice of a professional by employing the services of a cavity wall insulation specialist. Finally, you can also use wool insulation under your floorboards. Alternatively, try investing in a carpet with an extra thick pile on top of a decent layer of underlay.
Many people are under the impression that their home needs to be toasty. Actually, Public Health England advise that the temperature should be around 18 degrees. Keeping your heating on at a higher temperature costs far more money, so just lowering it by a couple of degrees can make a huge difference. If that feels like too big a move to make, try just reducing it by one degree and seeing how that feels. It’s unlikely you’ll even notice a change in the temperature, but your utility bills will certainly alter.
Many homes in smaller villages find themselves confined to the use of oil for heating their homes. While newcomers may find it a little strange, it becomes second nature pretty quickly. The most important thing to help you save money when it comes to heating oil is to find yourself a reputable and reliable supplier, like Beesley Fuels. Running out can lead to your system needing a service, and this costs a considerable amount of money in addition to a speedy delivery of oil.
This might seem an obvious one, but it’s something that many people fail to do. When the weather is cooler outside, you should dress accordingly. If you begin to feel a little chilly indoors, be sure to throw on another layer rather than heading straight to the heating panel. In fact, you may find that curling up under a blanket on the sofa in front of your chosen TV programme actually becomes a favourite activity of yours. It can be romantic, too.
Furniture in front of radiators can cause problems, preventing the heat from spreading throughout the room properly. Many people choose to place their sofas in front of them, assuming that leaving a gap will still allow for the radiators to work effectively. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case, so try rearranging the furniture to ensure your central heating can work.
Trapped air inside radiators can prevent them from heating up properly. Bleeding them will release the air, allowing them to return to full and efficient working order. The process isn’t a tricky one, but make sure you have a cloth or towel underneath the valve to prevent any dirty water from leaking onto the flooring.
Draughts caused by ill-fitting windows and doors can lead to a major reduction in the temperature of your home. Draught excluders at the bottom of doors (yes, even in the format of the famous 1980s snakes!) are an easy fix. Hanging a curtain over external doors can really help, too. And don’t forget things such as the letterbox and keyholes if you decide against the curtain.
You’ll have heard advert after advert telling you to try using a comparison site to check the prices of electricity and gas suppliers. So, what’s stopping you from actually doing it? Many fear that it will be a much more complicated process than it is. Looking at the suppliers out there and what they have to offer can be enlightening, potentially offering you a much better deal than you’re currently getting.