Winter is coming and so to is the cold, but that doesn’t mean the obligatory inflated heating bill should follow suit. Below are a few helpful tips you can use this winter to keep that cost down without turning your home into an igloo.
1. BOILING POINT
Did you know almost 40% of household energy use relates to heating during winter. Buy the most efficient heater you can afford and only heat the rooms that need it. Keep the thermostat at 18-20C. Be careful you don’t overheat your home. Every degree above that you program your heater adds about 10 % to your heating costs.
2. GET SMART
Set it to switch on 20 minutes before you wake up then turn it off 20 minutes before you leave the house or go to bed. Use an electric blanket to warm your bed and then turn it off before you go to sleep.
3. SIZE MATTERS
Think about the size of the appliances for areas of the home you want to heat up. Small energy-efficient heaters are sufficient for bathrooms to save warming up the whole house instead.
4. YOU’RE NOT A FISH
Hot water accounts for around a third of the average household’s energy use. Resist the temptation for longer showers this winter. The average shower is eight minutes…consider cutting that in half. Install a water-efficient shower head; efficient showerheads can use as little as 7 litres per minute compared to an unrated showerhead which can use up to 25 litres of water per minute – a 72% reduction on hot water usage.
5. GREEDY OR NEEDY!
If you are making a cup of tea or boiling water for a hot water bottle, make sure you only put as much water as you need in the kettle each time you boil it, rather than filling it all the way up to the top. It costs more to boil a full kettle than to run a ceiling fan for an hour.
6. TURN IT OFF
It’s simple really, just remember to turn your heating off before you leave the house in the morning.
7. OVEN BAKE YOUR HOME!
Leave the oven open after you bake – let the warm air circulate around the room!
8. LET THE SUNSHINE IN.
Maximise the sunlight coming into your home by removing items on your window ledge.
9. CURTAINS AREN’T JUST FOR SHOW.
Let in the sun during the day (particularly on north-facing windows) and close them at night to seal any draughts around windows or doors.
10. DUST IT
Remember to regularly dust or vacuum your radiators and vents to stop dust from accumulating. Dust can keep the heat from getting into the rooms where you need it.
11. STOP HEATING NEXT DOOR.
Any cracks or holes will allow precious heat to escape. Use weather stripper for doors and windows and gap filler for cracks in the wall.
12. GO STARSKY AND HUTCH.
There is no such thing as cold weather, just inadequate clothing! Turn down that thermostat, and put a cardigan on. Turning it down just one degree could save you as much as £60 per year.
13. THERE’S NOTHING TO SEE HERE.
Turn off the radiators in rooms you’re not using and keep windows and doors closed if the heating is turned on.
14. YES, WE’RE SERIOUS.
Turning off lights when you nip to the shops on a gloomy winter evening and on landings at night can save £10 a year.
15. EMBRACE THE COLD…WATER.
Wash clothes in cold water and washH only full loads. Hot water will inflate your bill further and doesn’t contribute any significant benefits versus cold water washes.
16. ARE YOU PAYING FOR COLD AIR?
If you can slip a sheet of paper under your door frame or between the frame and the door itself, then the gap is too wide and you are losing precious warm air. Seal it up and stop
17. PROGRAM IT
17. Purchase a programmable thermostat.
18. USE YOUR PHONE.
If you’re thinking it’s time to heat the home economically, then it’s time to use the Worcester Wave Heating Control
19. PAY ATTENTION.
Knowing how much electricity a device uses can save you money. If you knew, you could turn it off! So why not invest in Electricity usage monitor.
20. KNOCK IT OFF
Did you know, energy-saving bulbs can knock £55 a year off your bills. These last ten times longer than normal versions, and use 80 pc less energy. Each bulb replaced can save you around £120 over its lifetime, according to the Energy Saving Trust.