Unless you have money to burn (and we don’t mean as a fuel source), you will be looking for ways to stay warm this winter, while cutting down on your energy bills. This isn’t an easy task, and with the colder nights on the way, we are all tempted to turn on the central heating, despite the cost. However, we are here to help. To help you stay toasty during the winter chill, we have some simple tips that will help you save money in your home.
Focus on your curtains
Despite the cold, we may still have a few weeks of sun left, so open your curtains in each room, and let the sunlight in. When the night draws in, close your curtains, keeping the warm air in so it doesn’t escape through the window.
Fix the gaps
Make sure you fill in any gaps in your doors and windows with caulk and self-adhesive weather-stripping. This is an efficient way of keeping the cold air out and will save you money if you can’t afford to insulate your home any other way.
Free up your radiators
Quite often, we lose a lot of heat from the radiators because there are items blocking them. So, take a look at your room and move any furniture or items that are in the way to ensure heat can be circulated around the room.
Use alternative heating
Reduce the amount of time you use your central heating by considering other sources. A wood stove is a good idea, and you could source fuel yourself by collecting logs and using
wood splitters to chop them into the required size. Pellet stoves are also a worthy investment and are fuelled by sawdust and other renewable resources. Using natural methods to heat your home, in place of electricity and gas, are cheaper and more energy-efficient.
Time your heating use
You don’t need your central heating on all day, so make sure you set your timers. Setting it to turn on before you get out of bed, and ready for when you come home during the day, is cheaper than having it switched on permanently. This way, you aren’t wasting money when you aren’t at home to feel the benefits of the heat.
Insulate your home
This may not save you money this winter, but it will for years to come. We lose a lot of heat through the roof, so you might want to consider a loft insulation to preserve the heat in your home. While you can have this professionally fitted, it is relatively easy to do it yourself, or there may be a government grant in your area that will allow you to have your loft insulated for free. You may also consider cavity wall insulation that will stop heat from getting through your walls or underfloor heating that can distribute more heat than radiators.
Wear warm clothing
Finally, cut down on heating costs by dressing yourself up in as many layers as you are comfortable in, and bundle yourself up with blankets and a hot water bottle. Cosy!