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How to Cut Costs when Heating your Home

With the ever rising costs of bills, you may now be looking at ways to reduce your usage and ultimately save money. We have shared some of our best tips:

Shut Your Curtains At Night

Closing your curtains as soon as dusk falls helps to retain heat within your home and keep the cold air out. In case your curtains hang in front of radiators, simply tuck them behind to ensure that they don't interfere with the supply of heat to your space. 

Better yet, you can invest in some quality thermal curtains. For optimal insulation and warmth in your room, consider the thick woven designs. 

It is, however, important that you remember to open your curtains once the sun rises to heat up your home using the sun's energy. 

Use Radiators Efficiently

In case you have some rooms that you rarely use, consider turning off the radiator(s), selecting the lowest setting, or keeping the door closed to avoid energy wastage.

For those rooms you frequently use or spend most of your time in, ensure that the radiators and heaters are kept clear of any obstructions. For instance, if you have a sofa right in front of a radiator, very little heat will actually go into heating your space as most of it will get lost heating the back of the sofa. Ensure that your boiler is heating your home efficiently with Corgi boiler coverage.

Draught-Proof Your Home

If your building is old, you've probably gotten used to cold drafts of air seeping into your home. However, this can have a huge impact on the comfort of your home and its energy efficiency.

To deal with these issues, first, have a draft excluder fitted around your door or block the gap between the door and the floor using an old towel. Next, use a sealant or gaffer tape to seal up any cracks in your skirting board and floors. For larger gaps, you can consider products like DraughtEx, which fill gaps using small tubes. 

Did you know that you can save up to £25 a year on your heating bills by closing up your unused chimney and having your letterbox lined with a specially-designed draught excluder? This is according to Money Super Market. One of the best and cheapest ways to block off an unused chimney is by using chimney balloons. They cost about £14 and are designed to inflate and fill the chimney. 

Switch To A Better Energy Supplier

Switching energy suppliers, preferably to a renewable one, can help save you hundreds of euros on heating bills. Utility Point, Green, Outfox The Market, and E.ON are currently offering amazing deals on energy. At the moment, Outfox The Market has the cheapest offering (the One Variable Tariff 7.0) which starts at £864 per year. 

Stephen Murray, energy expert at Money Super Market suggests that you first review your current tariff. In case you've been stuck the same supplier for years, it is likely that you might be spending money on a costly standard variable tariff. 

He adds that it is worth doing some shopping around. According to their most recent data, there are not less than 140 tariffs currently available on the market that are way cheaper than the energy price cap. In just five minutes, you can save up to £238 on your energy bills by making the switch to a more affordable fixed-rate deal. 

Choose A Lower Thermostat Setting

Just because it is the cold season, it doesn't mean that you have to crank up the thermostat to the max. Setting the maximum temperature can cause your home to overheat requiring you to open your windows leading to a high wastage of energy. Consider setting it at about 18-20ºC. 

Experts suggest that you can save up to £75 a year by turning down your thermostat by just one degree. 

Consider Window Insulation

If your building doesn't have double glazing, insulating your windows will help stop draughts. The Thermo insulating film used costs only about £15 and it covers the entire window. It is designed to keep your heat in and minimize moisture on window panes.  

Use The Oven

A clever way to heat up your home is by leaving the oven door open after you are finished cooking. It will release all the hot air, thus warming the surrounding space. 

Lighting

There’s plenty of smart ways to save money on electricity inside and outside the home in the garden. Solar lights can be a great way to do this and allow you to cut cost. Switching to LEDs is also a good option, where solar lights aren’t possible.  

Dress Warmly

You shouldn't rely solely on your heating system to keep yourself warm. Consider adding an extra layer of clothing into the mix. Put on some warm socks, get that extra blanket, and fill up a bottle with hot water to warm yourself up while watching TV or when in bed.