Ways to Save Money on Heating This Winter
Over the last few years, the UK has experienced some of the harshest winters on record, and depending on where you live in the country, next year’s winter could be even colder. If you’re a household that heats your home with oil, then energy companies estimate that your bills could almost double. Dam those crude prices!
This means that it’s time to start planning; so before it gets too cold outside, you’ll want to start thinking about ways to reduce your home’s energy output. There are a number of ways to do this without breaking the bank. Sit back, relax, and take advantage of our intelligently complied list of ways to manage your money this winter.
Step One – Open Your Curtains and Blinds
This might seem a little old-school, but keeping your blinds and curtains open on sunny days really helps to warm your home. It may be cold outside, but that doesn’t mean that the sun has lost its heat. Make sure you close them at night too, so your house doesn’t lose any of the heat it’s gathered.
Step Two – Insulation
If you’ve got any heating ducts in your garage or attic that are exposed to the elements, maybe it’s time to get them insulated. By wrapping these pipes in protective and heat-storing material, you’ll prevent less heat escaping when you turn on your heater. Lost energy though damaged and un-insulated pipes costs households hundreds of pounds every year.
Another great way to reduce the amount of energy you lose is to keep your attic door shut. When your boiler is on, the heat rises to the top of the house, and much of it escapes through the ceiling into the attic. By closing the attic door, or insulating the gaps between the door, you’ll reduce the amount of heat that escapes.
Step Three – Check the Temperature of Your Water Heater
Let’s be honest – we don’t really think about the temperature that our water is heated too. But if you want to start saving money, then taking this into consideration is very important. Who needs boiling water anyway? Washing the dishes or running the bath requires warm to hot water temperatures, so make sure you have a look at your boiler’s water heating temperature. It could save you a few quid.
Step Four – Install a Thermostat!
Installing a thermostat or heating controls will go a long way to managing the heat in your home, and they’re pretty cheap too. If no one is in all day, then it’s wasteful to leave your heating on – especially on high temperatures. Once you’ve purchased a thermostat and got it installed, you can use it as a timer to heat your home whenever you like.
For example, you can set your heating to come on 15 minutes before you get up for work, or half an hour before you come home. This way, you’re not waiting for your home to warm up when coming back from the shops, and you’re not wasting energy when you’re in the office.
This guest post was written by James Honnan-Mellett, a freelance energy specialist writing on behalf of ener-g.