Heat Things Up: Reducing The Cost Of Home Heating

Nothing is worse than coming home after a long day at work to a freezing cold house, except maybe for receiving the bill for heating your home. So how do you ensure maximum warmth and minimum spend?

Heating your home accounts for 70% of your household energy consumption! So it is one area you want to really focus on for helping reduce your annual costs. One of the first places to start is to check out your insulation. A staggering 25% of heating is lost through your roof! Adding 25cms of insulation can be expensive but will afford you a massive saving over the years. Another third of your heating in lost through the walls of your home. Making sure door gaps aren’t letting your warm air escape outside. There are low cost ways of curing some of these ills. Draft excluders can prevent warm air escaping and cold air from coming in. Wiring entry points such as your telephone lines or sky ports need to be checked and, where possible, sealed better. You need to ensure your house is as airtight as possible.

Windows are another villain when it comes to draining the heat from your house. You can make your home more energy efficient by considering Ply Gem replacement windows. These not only keep heat in your home they also help keep it out of your home through the summer months giving you a better start when it comes to heating and cooling your house. From a money saving angle, your windows are the single most important change you can make.

Regular serving for a boiler or radiator is vital to ensure it is working at its best for you. Talk to your heating engineer and get advice on using or having a thermostatic radiator valve fitted. Modern Thermostats have mobile connectivity meaning you can set your heating from your mobile devices. If you are out and about follow these tips for keeping warm between the seasons

Make sure you are set to the right temperature. Experts say that turning your thermostat down by 1 degree will cut heating costs by 10%. The recommended minimum for house temperature is 18 degrees. So have a look and see if you are keeping things a little too hot! Just as every penny counts, so does every degree.

Curtains are a brilliant way of keeping heat in. Heavy curtains will do this best. Heat from the sun is free so leave your curtains open during the day but as soon as it gets dark, drawing them will provide you with more insulation.

And lastly, do you have a favourite warm spot by your radiator, or hang your washing up close to help it dry? Stop doing that! These objects draw the heat and take it away from the rest of your home. If you have a sofa in front of a radiator, move it away. The air needs to circulate freely to maximise heat.