Stay Warm This Winter

Stay Warm This Winter

It’s not even the end of October, and already most households have made the shift from open windows and t-shirts, to turning the thermostat up and throwing on a few jumpers. Heating your home over the winter can get quite expensive and it is an expense that most people dread. There is no reason to go cold though, especially over Christmas when you will likely be entertaining and spending more time at home. Here are some tips to make sure you are as warm as possible this cold season. A simple one that will cost you very little to fix is to check round the edges of external doors. If you can feel a draft, invest in, or make, some draft excluders to help keep the heat in. Pulling curtains in the evenings and at night can also help to keep the heat where you want it, and prevent your money quite literally wafting out the door. Turning down the heating by just 1 degree can cut your bill by £85 a year, and you probably won’t be able to feel any difference. So next time you pop the heating on think about the temperature and whether those extra few degrees are essential. If you are walking around in summer gear indoors your heating is probably too high, and you could easily save a packet by popping on a cardy and turning down the temperature a few degrees, not so as that you’re cold, just not basking in the indoor tropics.

 

The cost of maintaining and servicing your heating system can be huge if something goes wrong. Winter is a common time for boilers to pack up and pipes to block. Get insurance for your boiler such as the cover offered by British Gas, so you can rest assured that if anything in it should break down, it will be repaired without the hefty bill or the hassle of finding an engineer to come out to you. Check your heaters before it is too cold to do without them to check they are running properly and they don’t need bleeding in advance of the winter.

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There are several bigger things you can do in your home to make heating it a little less costly and protect the environment at the same time. These are considered somewhat of an investment, and have been proved to pay for themselves over the years that follow. One of the biggest is loft insulation. This has been proven to shave up to 25% off your home heating bill and is something that is recommended to all homeowners. The optimum amount of insulation is 11 inches or 27cm and this will prevent all the warmth you are generating for your home simply being lost out of the roof. Cavity wall insulation is another biggy, and older homes especially benefit from this, saving up to £140 per year after installation. Some of the things you can do to keep your home warm can be done in minutes, and cost very little, whilst others are longer term solutions and will cost a fair bit more. Do some calculations and work out whether your current heat usage is cost efficient or whether you could benefit from boiler cover, loft insulation or even just a few draft excluders.