A massive heating bill is pretty much the last thing you want after a long winter. There are a few things you can do to save money on your annual energy bill – and some of them are even free. Make some minor changes to your everyday routine, and a few more significant changes around the house to minimise your heating bill.
Did you know the average gas and electricity bill comes to a whopping, £1,138? Although energy is a necessity, you can save heat and opt for a more sustainable lifestyle.
Save money this year with a few simple changes in your home.
Make small changes daily
Small daily actions can reduce your heating in the long run. Avoid drying your clothes on the radiator as this can reduce the amount of heat released by the radiator. Use a hot water bottle, instead of ramping up the heating and draw your curtains at night to further insulate the room.
If it’s a sunny day, open the internal doors in your home to let the natural sunlight radiate through. Fit covers over door furniture, like letterboxes and keyholes, to prevent any freezing air from coming through.
Consider replacing your old-fashioned lightbulbs with CFL ones, which use 75% less energy. Lighting your house takes up 7% of your household energy bill. Get everyone in your household into the habit of switching the lights off when they leave a room!
Invest in a good heating system
You need to understand the controls that control your heating system. Research the best energy providers, gas boilers and heating systems to get the best possible deal.
Fit a ‘chop device’ to automatically turn your central heating off for a pre-set period every hour. Turn down your thermostat by one degree to reduce your bills by up to £75 without even noticing a temperature difference.
Avoid estimated bills and unexpected costs by submitting regular meter readings.
If you live in an older house, it may be time to check your insulation and windows. In an insulated home, 25% of heat loss can escape through the roof. Make sure you have at least 11.5 inches of insulation in the loft. If you need to add more insulation, ensure the existing pieces aren’t too compressed.
Furthermore, make sure your wall insulation is up to scratch. There’s no point spending money on fancy radiators if the heat is escaping out the walls before it fills your room!