Winter is a pricey time of year. Not only do we have the travel, gifts, decorations, and food involved with Christmas, but keeping the house warm is a huge expense within itself.
A warm home is important as well all want to feel cozy and comfortable, but if you dread your winter fuel bill then there are some things you can do. Here are a few examples of simple, and more extensive ways to save cash on your heating bill.
Simple Fix: Put up thick, lined curtains
Hanging up thick, lined curtains like these Deconovo thermal curtains are one way you can keep some of the cold and draughts out of your home.
While thicker curtains do tend to come with a higher price tag, it’s something you can try without having to resort to more extreme methods. In the evenings, close the curtains and any cold air from around the windows won’t be able to escape into the room. And the warm air from your radiators won’t be able to get out either.
It means the heat that you are generating is staying in the room rather than disappearing into the ether! Which means you’ll use less heating overall and be able to put it on a lower setting.
Extreme Fix: Replace your windows
If your windows are really worse for wear, then replacing them with newer models is definitely an investment worth making.
While it can be costly upfront, you add value to your home, make it more eco-friendly and reduce your fuel bills too.
New double glazing won’t have any gaps or cracks around the perimeter which cold air can get through. You can even get triple glazing too if you want them to be ultra-efficient. If you have failed or inefficient double glazing or worse- your windows are still single glazed then it’s definitely worth looking into upgrading.
Simple Fix: Use draught excluders
Another simple way to make your home cosier and keep fuel bills down is to simply use draught excluders. If the doors in your home aren’t a perfect fit (this could be due to the house shifting or replacing carpets with hard flooring creating a gap) then cold air can get in underneath. A draught excluder is a cheap and easy way to plug the gap, and you can get all kinds of designs that match your home’s decor too.
Extreme fix: Have your home insulated
If you own your home and are looking for ways to reduce bills long term as well as make it more energy-efficient and eco-friendly, have it insulated. Cavity wall and loft insulation is really effective, and there are often grants and schemes from the government to give you money off.
This is because it helps to reduce fuel consumption which has a positive impact on the environment. See if there’s anything available locally to you, if there’s not and you have to pay full price, it’s still worth it as you’ll need to use a lot less heating.
Older homes tend to be poorly insulated and always feel cold unless the heating is up full blast, so this is one way to combat things.
Simple Fix: Invest in smart heating
While there is some cost involved in purchasing and setting up smart heating, it’s much smaller than making major renovations to your home.
A smart thermostat allows you to control your heating and hot water from your voice-activated speaker or your phone. No more going out and realising you’ve left your heating on, you can quickly and easily turn it off from anywhere in the world.
You have much more control over thermostat settings too, you can set the heating to come on at different times on different days of the week depending on your work schedule and much more. So no more having it on unnecessarily and wasting money.