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:

  • 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 good onesie and a good pair of slippers.

  • 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.

  • Replace light bulbs with energy efficient bulbs.

 

  • Don’t leave everything on standby.

If you are not using it, unplug it.

  • 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.

Buying a Nest 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.  You can control your hot water tank or adjust it using a mobile phone as well as your heating.

  • Don’t use your dishwasher every day.

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

  • 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.

  • Change the shower head on your shower.

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

Spend a little extra to get a AAA energy star rated appliance.

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.

  • 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%.

  • 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.