1. Keep your radiators on low and close the door to any room that you’re not using
Some people believe that it is cheaper to turn off radiators in rooms that they’re not using. In actual fact, by doing this you end up pushing cold air around your home and wasting money. You could also encounter problems with damp and mould this way so the best practice is to simply turn the radiator on low and close the door in any rooms that you aren’t.
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3. Pop the kettle on!
By sipping on a cuppa that’s warmer than your core temperature, you can feel the heat move through your body and you could feel up to about 2 degrees warmer. So if you start to feel a little chilly, it might be wise to stick the kettle on. To save even more money, only boil the amount of water you need, rather than a full kettleful.
4. Only turn your heating on when you need it
This one may sound obvious, but by only turning the heating on when you need it, you will save a lot of money. There are some myths that say by keeping your heating on low all day it is cheaper than powering up the boiler multiple times. In fact, it is much more efficient to only turn your heating on when you really need it.
You can also save money by having a room thermostat and a timer. A room thermostat prevents your heating system from using more energy than it needs to. It’ll turn the heating on until the room reaches the temperature you’ve set it to then it will turn the heating off. When the temperature drops below your programmed temperature again, it’ll turn the heating back on. A timer will automatically switch your heating off when you’re not at home, or when you can do without the heating being on, thus saving you money!
5. Make sure your home is well insulated
Did you know that the average semi-detached house loses around 35% of total heat through the walls and almost 25% through the roof? That sounds expensive!
By installing roof/loft insulation and cavity wall insulation, you could save a pretty penny on your energy bills by simply keeping the heat in. The cost of insulating your house can vary, but it’s an investment that will save you money in the long-run and add value to your property. Grants may be available in your local area to contribute towards the cost of insulating your home. Contact your local authority or the Green Homes Grant Scheme for more information.
6. Put a jumper on!
It goes without saying that throwing on a jumper and some warm socks will keep you feeling warmer and you will consequently not need to have your heating on quite as high.
According to the Energy Saving Trust, by turning your thermostat down just 1˚C, you could save up to £90 a year on your energy bills if you live in a typical three-bedroom semi-detached house with gas central heating. So before you reach for the thermostat, maybe consider putting on a few more layers.
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