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Avoid losing money this winter with these smart tricks and tips. Here are 10 ways to save money on your heating.
Colder weather undoubtedly brings the need to crank the heating up, which my husband invariably does, and I have to go around after him turning it back down again. I don’t know why, but he feels the cold way more than I do. I always know when he’s turned it up as I get too hot!
As I work from home, it’s important for me to be warm. If I’m not warm enough, I get chilled to the bone. It gets into my fingers, which isn’t nice when you spend the majority of the day typing.
1. Turn Your Heating Down by 1 Degree
It’s a common suggestion for a good reason. The Independent published this article stating that according to the Energy Saving Trust, turning your heating down 1 degree can save up to 10% on your heating bill. Roughly £75 a year!
But what if that makes your house feel colder? Well, there are measures you can take to retain the heat.
2. Wear a Sweater and Slippers
When I’m working, I wear a lovely, fluffy pair of purple boot slippers. I can’t find any scientific proof that you lose a lot of heat through your feet, but I do know that when I’m sat still for a length of time, I get cold. I also know that if I put slippers on, I get warm! Understandably, wearing a jumper makes a massive difference too. It’s pretty obvious, and I say it to my kids all the time when they complain of being cold. Go and put a jumper on! I’m a big fan of historical fiction (think Vikings, Outlander, etc), and love to imagine what they did when they were cold!
3. Close Internal Doors
For some reason, our bedroom is the coldest room in the house. My husband says it’s because we have three external walls, but I don’t think that’s normal! My eldest daughter’s room is the hottest room in the house. The thermostat for upstairs is in our bedroom, which means if we turn it up to a comfortable temperature, her room becomes a furnace.
So, the obvious answer is to close our bedroom door and retain the heat within the rest of the upstairs rooms. This helps to warm our youngest’s room which, although the smallest, is also not the warmest.
It means our bedroom is cold. I don’t mind (hubby hates it!) as I can’t stand a hot stuffy room. It’s not conducive to a good nights’ sleep, in my opinion.
Try it yourself in your own home; experiment with different doors and different rooms to see if you can retain warmth more easily.
4. Go Back to Basics with a Hot Water Bottle
Remember when you were a kid, and your mum used to do you a hot water bottle before bed? There’s a good reason for that. Sticking a hot water bottle (think bed-pan in the olden days!) between your sheets will make your bed lovely and warm/cosy for when you get in it. Which is perfect if your bedroom is a little on the chilly side as I mentioned above how ours can be.
Other ideas include an electric blanket (although I’m not sure how much electricity these would use as I’ve never used one), or those cute heat-pack teddies you can get which you can warm up in the microwave.
5. Get Moving
It’s all very well having warming plans in place for the bedroom, but what if it’s not bedtime?
If you’re sat still for a long time, you’re going to get cold. So, get moving and do something active/constructive. Go for a run. If the weather’s rubbish, get moving around the house with a good old clear out/declutter to sell some stuff to make some extra money 🙂
Alternatively, if you’re making the most of downtime (and so you should), take note of the next tip.
6. Have Blankets Handy
I have about 5 blankets in my living room, which I store in a blanket box when not in use. Most of the time though, there’s usually a blanket or throw over the back of each sofa. Ikea stock some fleece blankets for about £3/£4. They’re really warm, and I love to wrap up in one in the evening.
Still cold? It’s time to think about insulation.
7. Plug Those Gaps
Check around your windows and doors. If you’ve got a draft coming in, heat will be escaping out! Now’s the perfect time for a little household maintenance using sealants/foam strips, which you can get from your local DIY store. If your home is rented and you have a maintenance contract, get in touch with your landlord or letting agent and ask them to get these jobs done for you.
8. Hang Heavy Thermal Curtains
Curtains can make a huge difference to a room, as they provide an extra level of insulation. Even with double glazing, you can still feel the cold on a chilly night. Pulling some heavy, thermal curtains across will make all the difference and really keep the heat in.
9. Check Your Loft Insulation
Did you know that Building Regulations recommend a depth of 250mm-270mm insulation? You might want to check the insulation levels in your own loft. Proper insulation can stop the heat from escaping from your roof.
10. Get Your Boiler Serviced
Regular maintenance should ensure your boiler works well for longer, just like when you get your car serviced.
However, that doesn’t mean breakdowns won’t happen.
A few years ago, we were faced with a broken boiler and a husband who refused to pay anyone to fix it. The issue eventually resolved itself, but I vowed since then to never go without boiler insurance again. So since moving into our current home, we’ve always had a plan in place. If you have a plan that covers everything, you can get total peace of mind. A catch-everything insurance plan usually includes an annual service.
Alternatively, some contents insurance providers include boiler/home emergency cover as an added extra. Bear in mind that there may be a stipulation for you to arrange an annual service in order for your cover to be valid.
Having boiler-cover will give you peace of mind. Dave Ramsey fans will be well aware of the risks of Murphy’s law. It’s much better to have a plan in place than to be faced with an extortionate repair bill that you can’t afford, and have to put it on a credit card.
11. Replace Your Boiler
Eventually, your boiler will need to be replaced. It’s not something I’d ever considered, being a first-time home-owner. But, we’ve been in our house 8 years now, and apparently our current provider won’t insure our boiler if it’s over 10 years old.
Add to the fact that Woolfoot Heating in Yorkshire recommends your boiler is replaced every 15 years, I’ve now started a sinking fund for a new one.
Yorkshire readers can find out more about Woolfoot Heating and boiler installation in Leeds here.
I hope this article has given you some ideas/things to think about to save money on your heating this winter. If you have any other suggestions please let me know in the comments below!