1. Use your curtains
Heat from the sun is free so make the most of it. Open your curtains and let the sunlight in during the day to make use of this free heat. When it gets dark, shut your curtains, as they act as another layer of insulation and keep warmth in your rooms. You should also make sure you don’t have any gaps so that the warm can stay in and the cold air stays out – this also helps to reduce condensation.
2. Use the timer on your central heating
Programming your boiler to turn the heating on a little earlier – such as 30 minutes before you get up in the morning – but at a lower temperature is cheaper than turning it on just as you need it at a higher temperature. This is because a boiler heats up at a constant speed whether you set your thermostat to 20°C or 30°C. But don’t make the mistake of leaving your heating on low all day – because then you’re just paying for heat when you don’t need it.
3. Move your sofa
It might feel great to have your favourite seat in front of the radiator, but it’s absorbing heat that could be warming your home. By moving it away from the radiator, hot air can circulate freely. The same goes for your curtains or drying clothes – keep them away from the radiator so that you can get the most out of your heat source.
4. Wrap up warm
If you have a hot water storage tank (normally in the airing cupboard), make sure it is properly lagged – or insulated. This will keep the water warmer for longer and reduce heating costs.
5. Turn down the room thermostat dial
Turning your thermostat down by 1°C could cut your heating bill by up to 10%.
6. Block out the draughts
Even a simple solution such as making your own sausage dog draught excluder will help keep the warmth in your home. The Energy Saving Trust estimates that DIY draught-proofing your doors, windows and cracks in the floor could save £25 per year. You can do this yourself for very little cost.
Self-adhesive rubber seals around doors and windows and door draught excluders are relatively cheap and easy to install. So, it’s worth getting those doors and windows sealed before winter properly kicks in.
7. Use thermostatic radiator valves
Many homes have central heating systems that have thermostatic radiator valves fitted on the radiators. Turning them down can assist in maintaining a comfortable heat in each room but also reduce heating costs. Rooms that are unoccupied for long periods during the day/night may not need to be on the highest setting.
8. Getting your boiler serviced
Getting the boiler serviced will assist in its operation and assist in preventing it from breaking down. Allow the engineer access when your annual service is due.
For more information and advice, please visit websites such as the Energy Saving Trust.