As we head into the cold winter months, not only do we have to worry about staying out of the cold, we also have to worry about the extra cost that comes in heating our homes. While there is not much that we can do about the cold weather, there are things that we can do about the amount of money that we spend on heating our homes.
The most obvious way on learning how to save on heating costs is to just reduce the amount of heating that you use. Here are a few tips on how to cut your heating bills:
Up to 25% the heat in your home is lost through the roof, and more through un-insulated walls. If you have wall cavities you can insulate them to save about 15% on your heating bills, and by insulating your loft, you can also substantially cut the heat lost through the roof, and reduce the amount of energy needed to keep your house warm.
By wearing extra clothes and using extra-thick blankets, you can turn your thermostat down a touch. You don’t need to be walking around at home in shorts and t-shirt, so put on a pair of thick socks and a jumper and enjoy feeling cosy.
Leave the oven open
Once you have finished cooking, leave the oven door open to let the heat pass into your kitchen and help to heat the room.
Turn down the temperature
By turning your thermostat down by just 1°C, you probably won’t notice much difference in temperature, but you will notice, however, it in your heating bills as it can cut them down by up to 10%.
Another great way to save money on heating costs in to make sure that we only heat our homes while we are there. There is no point having a nice toasty home if you’re not there, so if, for example, you go out to work every day, and there is no-one at home, why not turn the heating off? You can also use timers or control through an app to turn the heating on shortly before you will be arriving.
There are some rooms in the home where you move a lot, and others where you move less. You can set the thermostat or radiators to be at the right temperature for you. For example, in a living room you are likely to be moving less than in the kitchen that can be kept a little cooler.
Effective Heating Systems
Another reason for higher heating bills is that you might not have a highly effective and working heating system. By having your existing system repaired or by investing in a new, good and efficient heating system – despite the initial investment – you are likely to reap the rewards after a short amount of time.
Reducing the amount that our heating bills increase by as we head into the winter months may need a small investment at times, but result in longer term savings. Energy bills can get very high during the winter, so it is worth taking as many measures as possible to keep them down. For more information about saving on heating bills and home heating systems, get in touch with Hamilton Home Comfort today.