Cut Down Your Home Heating Bills With These Tips
Fuel prices seem to be forever on the rise, and many households are struggling to pay for the gas and electricity that they use during the winter months. Unfortunately, many homeowners think that they either need to suffer the cold, or get into debt – neither of which are good solutions. Luckily, there are a few things that you can do to lower your home heating bills, whilst still remaining comfortable. Read on for a few of these.
Ditch the Electric Heaters
iElectricity is a lot more expensive than gas, and so unless you have some form of storage heater in your home, you should try and avoid using electric heating methods except if you have no other choice. If you need to warm a family home, gas central heating is the cheapest method. Prices vary depending on the size of your house, and the type of boiler and insulation you have, but you should see a huge drop in bills just by making the switch. Another fuel option is bioethanol. This isn’t supplied through the mains, but it is a good option for people who just need to keep one room warm instead of the whole house. In addition paying up front for your bioethanol fuel will help you to monitor your spending.
DIY Quick Fixes
Even after switching your heating source, you may still be struggling with high bills. So it’s often worth implementing some DIY quick fixes, including:
- Insulating your windows, doors, and floors
- Insulating your fireplace
- Buying and installing thermal curtains
- Placing tin foil behind your radiators
Keeping yourself warm is just as important as warming the home, so consider wearing layers during the day, which will stop your body from feeling the cold so quickly. 20 minutes of exercise can also warm your core temperature up enough to stop you feeling the cold for an hour – it also boosts your immune system, which is a bonus!
Keeping Your Home Cosy
Although some people advocate keeping the heat constantly on a low heat, the only time this tends to be beneficial is in homes that are well insulated, and have A rated boilers. Instead, you can follow the following tips to keep your home cosy without having the heating on all day:
- If you’re going out, turn the heating off. You can use a timer to set the heating to come on half an hour before you return, so that your home is cosy when you get home.
- You also don’t need to have your heating on during the night time when you’re in bed. Instead, set it to turn on 30 minutes before you get up.
- When the heating is on, keep all of the doors closed to keep the heat in.
- During the daytime, keep the curtains open so that the sun can help heat the rooms. When it starts getting dark, shut your curtains to keep the heat in.
- Turn your thermostat down – You really don’t need to have your thermostat set over 20o, and just turning it down one degree can save you as much as 10% on your energy bills.
- Don’t put your wet laundry on the radiators – not only does it make the room damp, but it also stops your radiators from heating your room.
- Only heat the rooms that you are in – if you won’t be using your study from 5pm onwards, turn off the heating in that room and close the door. There is no sense in paying to heat a room that is unused.
No-one wants to be cold during the winter months. Hopefully, by implementing some of these tips, you will be able to cut your energy bills and stay warm.