How to lower heating costs during the winter months

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How to lower heating costs during the winter months

During the winter months, many people worry about how they are going to cope with higher heating costs.  Follow this guide for ideas on how to cut your fuel costs this winter.

Follow our guide:

1. Wrap up warm.

Don’t crank the heating up in the evenings and walk around in a vest top. Snuggle up with a blanket on the sofa invest in a comfy warm onesie and a decent pair of Slippers.

Ugg Slippers

This quintessential house slipper is cast in soft, water-resistant suede with the plushest wool lining.

Warm Onesie

Soft micro fibre fleece.  Choose a onesie with a lined hood for extra warmth and coziness.

2. Weather proof your home.

If you have single pane windows, you will more than likely lose a lot of warmth, so if you can, replace them with double glazing.  Using Caulk around your window frames to ensure cracks are filled can also help keep the warmth in and the cold out.

Caulk

For sealing and filling cracks and gaps.  For use around skirting boards, ceiling cornices, window and door frames, stair treads and risings and fixtures adjoining walls.  Can be used to fill damage plaster.

Caulk Applicator Gun (click to view on Amazon)

Professional caulk applicator/resin/sealant applicator with a hexagonal rod and re-enforced ring.  Works perfectly with caulk (above).  For instructions on use click here.

3. Replace light bulbs with energy efficient bulbs (click to view on Amazon).

4. Don’t leave your electrics on standby.

If you are not using it, unplug it.

5. Turn down your thermostat.

Just a couple of degrees, it could save you hundreds of pounds per year on your energy bill, or you could invest in a Nest Learning Thermostat.

Image of a Nest Learning Thermostat

Buying a Nest Learning Thermostat will save you hundreds of pounds a year.  We know, we have one!  It automatically turns the heating down after you leave the house to save energy.  It remembers your preferences and adjusts energy usage accordingly, so you only use what you need from the dial on remotely using a Nest App.

6. Don’t use your dishwasher every day.

Use it every other day or make sure it is fully loaded before turning it on.

7. Turn down the water heating on your combination boiler.

If it is set to maximum, turn that dial to 4.5 or 5, it will make a huge difference.

8. Change the shower head on your shower.

An energy efficient shower head can use up to 60% less hot water!

9. Replace your fridge freezer, washing machine or tumble dryer with a AAA energy star rating.

10. If you have a Tumble dryer.

Clean the lint after every load.  If you remove the clothes straight away, you may also get away with not having to use the iron too.

11. If you have a furnace.

Clean the filter every other month, not only will it prolong its life, but it will increase the heat by 50%.

12. If your electricity is cheaper in the evenings.

Use your washing machine, tumble dryer and water heater then.  You could even have your showers in the evenings and save money.

Follow our guide on how to further reduce your bills here.

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