Even though we are still enjoying the longer, warmer days of summer right now, it is the perfect time to think about how comfortable your home will be this coming winter. During the colder months, you will need to start to heat your home more, which will begin to push your monthly energy bills up. Thankfully, there are ways you can keep your regular bills down if you are careful when you heat your house.
Here are a few tips that can help you to save money while keeping your house warm this winter.
Learn How To Correctly Use Your Heating System
First of all, you might want to take a look at your home’s heating system to ensure that you are in fact using it correctly. One of the main reasons why so many homeowner’s heating costs rocket during the summer is because they aren’t using their heating correctly and, as a result, it is running quite inefficiently. Once you understand all of the controls and understand how it works, you will then have a much better idea of how to heat your home cost-effectively.
Move Furniture Away From Radiators
Another top tip that should help you save some money is to move your furniture away from the radiators. Most people place large furniture pieces, such as sofas, against the wall and end up blocking the heat from radiators. This will only create insulation around the radiator and will prevent the heat from spreading through the room. By moving your furniture, you should find that the room heats quickly and stays warm for longer. You then won’t have to leave your heating system on for quite as long!
Insulate All Your Door Furniture
Did you know that most homes lose a lot of their heat through door furniture, such as letterboxes and keyholes? Thankfully, you will be able to find insulation for them. Once you have added the right kind of insulating materials, all of the warm air in your home shouldn’t escape through your front or back door anymore.
Drawer The Curtains At Night
You should also feel the benefit if you leave your curtains drawn at night. Less warm air will then radiate through the windows as it will be trapped into your rooms. When you wake up the next morning, you should find that your home feels warmer as a result and you might not need to turn your heating on straight away.
Turn Down Your Thermostat
If you haven’t already tried turning down your thermostat, you should give it a go. Don’t worry; you won’t end up freezing cold! Just turning it down a couple of centigrade won’t be all that noticeable, so there is no need to worry about feeling the chill. However, it will make a big difference to your energy bills as you will be using less energy when heating your home.
If you start to use all of these tips, you should find that it is actually quite easy to save some money when heating the house.
Do remember if your radiators are not running efficiently that can also increase costs so you could consider fitting self-bleeding radiator valves as one solution?