As temperatures remain chilly, homeowners can be wary of turning up the thermostat for fear of increasing energy costs. Instead of risking like sounding like your own parents and telling the kids to put a jumper on and put up with it, learn how to warm your home the smart way and do it for less with these heating tips.
Heating Oil is a type of domestic fuel used by 1.3 million homes in the UK as an alternative to mains gas. In a recent report, OFTEC found that heating oil costs £967 per year less to heat a home than mains gas. Homeowners using heating oil need to do a bit of extra work to ensure they get the best deal as oil prices fluctuate seasonally. Stock up on domestic fuel in summer when the demand is lower as temperatures are higher to beat the heating oil prices when winter comes around. Check heating oil prices at different times of the year and keep track of the quotes to get educated on seasonal price changes.
Many households lose unnecessary heat through gaps in windows and doors which also let cold draughts flow in. Turning the thermostat up will only waste money as the warm air drifts out through the gaps and is replaced with a cold chill. The Energy Saving Trust recommends that homes could save up to £25 per year with properly insulated windows and doors. Ensure your windows are double glazed to prevent draughts and purchase thermally-lined curtains to trap the heat in your home. If you’ve ever got a shiver from a small gust of wind in your home, it’s likely that it has come from the gap under the door. A draught-excluder can be placed on the floor to stop the wind getting into your home and come in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit your room.
A well-insulated home costs considerably less to heat and will stay warmer for longer. Houses built between 1960 and 1990 are typically the least insulated homes and will lose heat through the walls and roof. If your energy bills are too high, ask yourself if your home is well-insulated as it could be and consider getting your walls or roof insulated. Spray foam insulation is popular among households as it is applied in a liquid form and expands before setting, meaning there are no air gaps. This method will also help your home prevent condensation and could save a typical three bedroomed house around £140 per year on heating costs.
Most homes have radiators with individual thermostat valves which often go ignored. Save up to £75 per year by taking control of your radiators valves. This is a great way for homes to control how much heat they are using and avoid heating unnecessary rooms. If your family is spending time in the living room and are cold, Uswitch recommends turning off the radiators in other rooms so you are only heating the room you need. If you are not able to control individual radiator temperatures, moderately heat a few rooms to maintain a comfortable temperature when you are home.
Keeping the kids warm shouldn’t break the bank! Let us know how much you’ve managed to save on heating costs by following these tips.
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