During the colder months, many people will assume that their energy bills will skyrocket and that there’s nothing they can do about it.
While it is true that your bills will most likely increase, you can stop them from rising too much with these tips.
1. Buy thermal curtains
You can buy thermal curtains at fairly reasonable prices which will help to keep your rooms warm. Style choices, however, may be limited, so you could either buy long, thick curtains, or line your existing curtains with insulating material (such as fleece, or a PVC shower curtain) or thermal curtain lining.
If any windows don’t catch any sun throughout the day, keep the curtains closed while you aren’t in – but if they do catch the sun, make sure you make the most of it and leave the curtains open.
2. Switch your energy bills to a cheaper provider
A quick look on some comparison sites will tell you if you could be heating your home at a cheaper price. It may seem like a hassle, but switching may be worth it in the long run.
3. Insulate your fireplace if you don’t use it
If you keep the opening sealed, or at least stuffed with insulating material, you’ll prevent heat escaping and stop those pesky draughts from entering your living room.
4. Put tin foil behind your radiators
Stick tin foil to the wall behind the radiator with the shiny side sitting as close to the radiator as possible. This way, it will reflect heat back into the room, heating it more efficiently. This will mean you can turn the radiators down and keep them on for a shorter period of time.
5. Put your heating on a timer
It’s an obvious step for many people, but some still don’t set a timer for their heating. Make sure your heating is off during the day while you aren’t in, and off during the night while you’re asleep.
6. Insulate your windows, doors, and floors
Draughts can get into your home through the smallest of gaps, including cat flaps, between floorboards, and letterboxes. You can find out where draughts are entering your home by lighting a candle near windows and doors – if the flame moves and flickers a lot, you’ve found the source of a draught!
You can buy draught excluder seal for your doors and windows to keep out unwelcome cold air.
7. Keep doors closed
Rooms will heat up quickly if the heat is contained. Make sure doors are closed while you aren’t in, and keep them closed as often as possible when you are in – especially the door to the living room or bedroom where you spend the most time.
8. Turn your thermostat down
Again, this seems like another obvious step and you may be thinking that you’d rather your house wasn’t any colder! But, by turning your thermostat down by just 1 degree, you can cut your heating bills by as much as 10%!
9. Buy a portable heater
If you spend most of your time in one room, such as in the living room, you could turn your heating off altogether and buy a portable heater or a heated blanket for that room. Your electricity bill will rise by the tiniest amount, but your total energy bill will plummet!