10 Ways To Save Money On Your Heating
If you’re looking to save money on your heating, then you might have think you’ve tried everything. Instead of being cold during the day, or coming home to a cold house after work, why not see if some of these can make your home warmer whilst saving you money.
Doors and windowsIt sounds obvious, but you’ll need to make sure that you close doors and windows. By closing doors downstairs, and concentrating on keeping the heat in a single room, you will notice the difference. Bleeding the radiators can also make them more effective too.
GapsRemember to look out for gaps around doors and windows. These gaps can mean that the cold can enter a room, or the heat can escape. Long curtains over doors or windows, and draught excluders, really can make a big difference.
InsulationIf you’re not sure about the insulation in your home, you might want to see whether there are grants or incentives to improve the insulation. Free insulation is available for some people, and so it can dramatically reduce the amount of money you spend on heating your home.
ClothingAnother obvious answer is to wear more clothes. If you’re only wearing a T shirt in the middle of winter, and moaning that you’re cold, then you could definitely be more appropriately dressed. Remember that several layers is better than one thick layer.
All day heatingLeaving the heating on constant can be more cost effective than timed, during the day. This is because maintaining a constant temperature requires minimal heating, compared to heating up from cold again.
Shop aroundWhen was the last time you compared prices? You can save a considerable amount if you shop around to see if you’re using the cheapest energy supplier. Even if you’re in a rural area, or are off the grid, then you can save money on your heating by finding a cheaper oil or LPG supplier.
Service and maintenanceWhen was the last time your boiler was serviced? Like your car, your boiler needs servicing regularly so that it is working efficiently. Why not arrange for your boiler to be serviced, and see if that helps to bring down your heating bill?
Time for a new boiler?A new boiler could make a huge difference too. If you have an old combi boiler, it may be as little as 50-60% efficient, compared to modern boilers, some of which are more than 90% efficient, making them more effective and cheaper to run.
Wood pellet boilersA wood pellet boiler will cost less to run than an oil, LPG or coal heating system for many people. If you’re a heavy user of heating and hot water, such as a hotel or factory, or need to heat a large house, then you should consider a wood heating system.
RHIThe recently introduced government funded Renewable Heating Initiative (RHI) means that those people, domestic, and business, who use renewable heating will be paid for it. Qualifying wood pellet boilers and solar panels will pay for themselves in as few as 5 years, as well as be considerably cheaper to run that oil, LPG or coal heating systems.
Now you know how to save money on your heating, isn’t it time you did?