Tips to save money on your heating bill
As we near Christmas the temperature starts to drop and our thermostat goes up – as does the heating bill. The lead up to Christmas and New Year can often be a time to tighten the purse strings as we indulge in festive fun and treat those around us, so saving some pennies on your heating bill is a great idea if you can do so without freezing! The winters over the last couple of years have been particularly cold, so it could be worth getting prepared now to make savings as and when you can.
Turn that thermostat down
Even if it’s just 1 degree. Turning your thermostat down on your boiler can make a surprising different to your heating bill over a period of time, and let’s face it, who’s going to notice if it’s 19 or 20 degrees? And if you are feeling the cold, put on an extra layer or invest in some good quality slippers and dressing gowns to keep yourself and your family all snug.
Draught proof your home
Ever walk past your front door or a window and notice a cold waft of air? That’s money being wasted right there. It takes longer and more money to heat a home that isn’t draught proof as some of the heat will always be lost. There are some really quick and simple solutions to this problem. It’s as easy as blocking air gaps with adhesive foam strips that you can add to the seal on doors and windows. You can also look at sealing floor boards and adding rugs to rooms to help, or buying a draught excluder to keep any cold air out the living room in the evening.
Insulate your home
This is one of the bigger, more expensive jobs but is well worth the investment in the long run. You could significantly increase your home’s efficiency as well as decreasing your heating bills by investing in some good quality insulation in your roof space and making sure your windows are double glazed.
Choose your home wisely
When house hunting, did you think about how much the property would cost to heat? Not many do. But did you know that terraced houses are often warmer due to their shared walls? Top floor flats are also, on average, warmer as the heat from the floors below will help heat the top floor. Properties located in certain parts of cities can also be warmer than those in the countryside, and therefore their residents spend less money on heating.
If you are looking to move, because of your heating bill or not, then get in touch with your local office to see how they are help you on your journey.