Keep warm and cosy this winter without burning money!
Winter is almost here and most of us are likely to have the central heating cranked up and the hot water bottles out already.
Keeping warm doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune on heating bills. Here are some practical tips that can help you reduce your heating bills this winter.
Wrap up warm
Ever heard the saying “dress for the weather”? It’s getting colder so when you are in the house make sure you wear the right clothing. Your silk top maybe your favourite but will it keep you warm without turning the heating up? I know it’s temping but hold off and layer up with socks, slippers and jumpers. To be extra snug, cosy up on the sofa under a blanket or throw when you are watching the telly.
Close the curtains and doors
It sounds easy and it is! The nights are drawing in earlier and by keeping your curtains closed you stop heat escaping through your windows. For extra benefit, close blinds, keep your doors closed and use draught-excluders too.
Turn your heating thermostat down by a couple of degrees
By turning your heating thermostat down by 1 or 2 degrees could save you up to 10% on your annual heating bills. To save a little more, programme your thermostat to be even lower through the night. Use a duvet with the right Tog rating for the season, a Tog rating of between 13.5 & 15 is perfect for winter nights. Add a hot water bottle and you probably won’t even feel the difference of the reduced thermostat temperature.
Use energy-efficient products
When buying new products for the home don’t make your purchase decision on price alone, check the energy efficient rating of the product, the more efficient it is the more economical it will be and it will save you money in the long run.
Installing a new A+ combi boiler in your home could save you up to £490 on your annual gas bills (depending on the size of your home, current boiler and age). Worcester Bosch, Vaillant and Ideal are all good choices that are energy efficient, have economical thermostats programmes to heat your home in the most cost effective way.