How to keep your home warm AND save money this winter
Keeping your home toasty warm during the winter doesn’t necessarily mean sky-high heating bills.
One of the perks of property ownership is being able to make a few small changes to the way you use gas and electricity to get the most out of them. Here are our quick tips:
Turn down the thermostat
When the mercury drops below zero, it’s natural to turn the heating up as high as it can go. But dropping down by 1°C could save you up to £85 per year, with a 10% reduction in your heating bill on average.
Optimise your radiators
Don’t put furniture in front of your radiators as it’ll just absorb the heat (and might become damaged). If you have high ceilings, a carefully placed shelf just above the radiator can help to reflect heat into the centre of the room instead of up to the roof, while reflector panels (or a sheet of tinfoil) installed behind radiators on outside walls can help to keep the heat inside where it belongs. Lastly, avoid your radiators going cold by looking after your boiler properly and avoiding a breakdown.
Draw the curtains
Close your curtains as soon as it starts to get dark to stop heat from escaping through the windows. You can buy special thermal curtains to really trap the heat inside your home. Make sure you open them during the day to let the sun heat your home naturally – even if it’s cold outside, the sun’s rays will still feel warm.
Buy some draught excluders
Draught excluders may be old fashioned, but they keep cold air from slipping into your home. British Gas estimates that the average household could save £35 each year if all draughts were stopped. There are plenty of smart designs to choose from to liven up your living room as you keep it draught-free.
Cover your floorboards
Hardwood floors look fantastic, but if they’re not properly insulated they could account for quite a bit of energy loss. Fill any gaps between them with filler, or put down rugs to stop heat escaping. If you love the look of a wooden floor but have too many gaps between your floorboards, consider installing solid wood flooring. This comes in sheets, is easy to lay and you can put a layer of insulation between it and the floorboards.