Winter has officially arrived, with the dark, colder nights forcing many of us to crank up our central heating to keep warm. For homeowners and business owners alike, this can lead to an increase in heating bills – making the weeks leading up to – and after – Christmas even more expensive.
To help our customers during this time, The Electrical Guys team has created this guide, to help you reduce the cost of your central heating and household energy bills. Read on to find out more.
How to keep your house warm
One of the simplest ways of reducing the cost of your central heating is to find ways to keep your home or business premises warmer, reducing the need to put your heating on and lowering your energy bills. There are a number of both big and small changes you can make that will help to contribute to this.
Insulating your roof
A lot of the heat from your central heating escapes through your roof, so insulating your loft can make a huge difference on the warmth in your property, saving up to £225 per year on your energy bills, according to Which
Loft insulation provides a blanket-style layer between the loft and the rest of your building, preventing heat from escaping as quickly. There are a number of different types of insulation you can choose from, including blanket insulation (the most commonly-used option), rock mineral and wool insulation, all suited to different requirements and purposes.
If you have easy access to your loft space, and are confident in your DIY skills, you may want to attempt this yourself, however make sure to consult professionals if you are unsure.
Block out draughts
It can be surprising how much cold air can enter a building through draughts in your walls, windows and doorways, so tackling draughts could be an affordable way to improve the temperature of your home or business premises. You can hire a draught-proofer to do it for you, or start your own DIY project by adding draft-proofing strips or materials to key places in your home, including:
- External doors
- Skirting boards
- Letter boxes
- Internal doors
Installing double-glazing is another way of eliminating draughts entering a building. This may well be a longer-term decision, but can have real benefits to the insulation of your home or business.
Use curtains for insulaton
Good-quality, thick curtains will help you to provide another layer of insulation between the outside world and your property. Make sure there are no gaps when the curtains close, to make the most of this insulation. In addition to this, don’t forget to open your curtains during the day to let the sunlight in, as it can really help to warm your home up.
How to reduce your gas bill
If you’ve done everything you can to keep your building warm, you can now think about what you can do to get the most benefit out of your heating when you turn it on. This will help you to keep your cost of central heating to a minimum during the winter months.
Examine your heating routine
There are a few tips you can try to optimise your heating routine and reduce your energy bills. We recommend you try the following:
- Set your heating on a timer to make sure you get the benefit of it being on, and that it’s not on for too long when you’re out.
- Trial turning down your thermostat by a degree or two and see if you notice a difference. Studies by Money Super Market have found that turning the thermostat down by just one degree can save around £90 a year.
Bleed your radiators
It’s worth considering bleeding your radiators if it has been a little while since you last did so, or if your radiator still feels cool even when the heating is on. This coolness is caused by trapped air, that stops the flow of heat inside the radiator; bleeding radiators helps to release this and improve the flow. Did you know The Electrical Guys stocks a number of different types of radiator? Check out the range here.
Add tinfoil to the back of your radiators
Adding foil behind your radiators will help you to maximise the heat from the radiator. It works by reflecting the heat back into the room, instead of allowing it to escape through the walls. This is something you can trial immediately, with very little effort.
Get a clearer picture of your usage
Wth the development of technology such as smart meters, you’re able to identify exactly how much energy you’re using during the month. This way, if you notice you’re using too much, you can adjust your usage to stay within your budget. If you are using smart meters, some energy companies will also allow you to only pay for the energy you use, eliminating estimated bills – or surprise bills at the end of the contract.
Invest in a new boiler
Investing in a new boiler is a long-term decision to make for your home, and something you need to think about and save for. Once you’ve paid for the initial cost, you can make real savings on your energy bills going forward. New boilers work more efficiently than older models, so you’ll need to have the heating on for less time to heat the building. Boilers last around 15 years, so if your boiler is at this age it may be beneficial to replace it.
We hope you have found some useful tips on keeping your home warm during the winter. Make sure to check out some of our other guides on our blog.