Did the start of the year leave your pocket wrung dry? For most of us, the month of January is always a struggle, especially when reading bank statements. While keeping our homes warm is a luxury, it is one that we cannot do without, especially when the weather gets cold. However, most of us often forget to factor heating into our monthly outgoings during the festive period. But what if we told you that you could keep your home warm for less? No foil or bubble wrap required. Here are some tips on how to keep your home warm for much less this year.
During the colder months, make sure that your duvets have the appropriate tog rating. Lots of department stores have guides on the side of their packaging, and some even provide samples that you can look at and feel before buying the product.
Have a wooden floor? Consider laying down one or two rugs by your bed. Another way of saving money on heating is investing in a couple of cute and cosy blankets that you can spread on top of your regular bedding or that you can use to snuggle up on your sofa while heating is set on low. If you have any Christmas socks, now is the best time to put them on and add a few extra layers for warmth.
Having a smart meter installed in your home is one of the best ways to reduce and monitor energy consumption and usage. If you live in the United Kingdom, you will be glad to know that you can get a smart meter for free between now and the year 2020. Consult your energy service provider about their roll-out plan and get ready to start saving.
Take the time to shop around for the best deals by using online sites like Uswitch or comparethemarket.com which provide or highlight deals that suit you and your needs. You never know, you could end up saving yourself a cool £100.
About 10 to 25 per cent of your home’s heat loss can be credited to your windows. To minimise this, consider opening your south-facing window shades and curtains during the day to allow heat from the sun to enter your home and warm it. Do not worry; you do not have to renovate the entire living root completely; however, moving a sofa away from the radiator and keeping room doors closed should help make your home warmer without costing you a single penny. If your home has a fireplace, consider inflating a balloon in there to keep warm air from finding its way out through the chimney. You can deflate and remove the balloon whenever you want to light a fire.
Insulate to Accumulate
You have probably heard this many times before: insulation is one of the best ways of retaining heat, from under-floor heating to loft insulation, to double glazed windows. And while it is essential that you have your home well insulated, the process can be rather costly. So, to keep heating costs at a minimum, consider closing doors and avoiding draughts by using draught excluders.
Electric heaters offer lower operational costs, fully programmable control systems and flexibility, features that will allow you to heat your office or home while having peace of mind, knowing that you have the best heaters from their categories. A good vantage radiator will come with a standard 30-year warranty and is one of the most silent radiators in the market, going for less than £400. Apart from saving money, you’ll no longer have to stress about bleeding out your radiators when preparing for winter.
If all else fails, consider booking yourself a tropical vacation during the winter with all the money that you will have saved using the tricks mentioned above!