Money Saving Tips on Heating Your Home
Are you feeling the pinch of cold weather? Are you getting enormous heating bills? January is typically one of the coldest months of the year and heating bills are typically sky high at this time of the year. We understand that you want to keep your home warm and comfortable, but how can you do it and still keep your heating bills down? Luckily, we have gathered the best tips on how to heat your home and save money. If you are ready to save money on your heating bills and keep your home warm, continue reading. We promise our list does not involve foil or bubble wrap.
Sleep Soundly and Comfortably
The first thing you should do is to purchase a warm duvet that is rated for the winter months. Many of the duvets in department stores have information on the side of the package that rates the thickness/warmness of the duvet. Additionally, many stores have samples that allow you to look at and feel before you make a purchase. If you have wood floors, consider placing a rug beside your bed. You can also save on your heating bill by purchasing some cosy blankets. These blankets can be used on your bed or used to snuggle up with when you are sitting on your sofa. Both of these will help keep you warm on the coldest days. Finally, pull out your thick socks and don them to keep your feet warm.
Be Energy Smart
A smart meter can be installed in your home to help monitor and reduce your energy consumption, especially regarding electric heating. If you live in the United Kingdom, you can receive a smart meter free of charge. Contact your energy provider for more information. They can also offer suggestions on how you can decrease your energy consumption and save money on your heating bills.
Save Money on Shopping
When you are shopping for items to help you stay snug as a bug this winter, use an online site like Uswitch or comparethemarket.com to check out the best deals on items that you need for your home.
Interior Design Changes to Save on Heating Costs
Did you know that 10 to 25 per cent of the heat loss in your house is caused by windows? You can reduce this by opening the blinds and curtains during the day to allow the heat from the sun to enter your home and warm it. You will not need to renovate your entire home to make it cosy. Simply move your sofa away from the radiator and keep your room doors closed to create a warm room. If you have a chimney, consider using a balloon to prevent warm air from escaping through the chimney when the fireplace is not in use. When you want a fire, simply deflate and remove the balloon.
Insulate Your Home
You have probably heard it before, but we want to reiterate it again. Insulation remains the best way to keep your heat inside your home. Insulating your home including double glazed windows, loft insulation, and under-floor heating to keep your house cosy. These are expensive options. If you need an inexpensive option, consider keeping all doors closed and using a draught stopper to prevent draughty doors.
Electric heaters now offer programmable systems which help to decrease heating costs and offer you flexibility. Vantage radiators offer a 30-year warranty. These radiators cost less than £300. Italian built radiators offer a 10-year warranty, silent operation and cost less than £400. Choosing a Vantage radiator will not only save you money, but you can rest assured you will have radiators that do not need to be bled and will last for many years to come.
Enjoy the Sunshine
If you have done all of these and still need help staying warm, book yourself a sunny holiday. With the money you will save on heating bills, you will have plenty of money for a holiday.