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Some handy tips before you switch the heating on this Winter

Posted 11 October 2016

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If you’re worried about the cost of heating your home this Winter, have a look at our simple tips.

There are lots of things to look forward to in Autumn/Winter. Halloween, Christmas and New Years celebrations for example. But one thing you might not be looking forward to is having to switch your heating on for the first time since the summer. 

If you’re worried about the cost of heating your home over the Winter, we’ve got some hints and tips that should help you keep the cost to a minimum. Try these before you turn your heating on this Winter and see whether they make a difference to what you normally pay in heating bills. 

 

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1. Find the draughts in your home

Do you ever find that your home just doesn’t retain heat as much as you’d like? This could be because you have draughts letting it out, so even when you do switch the heating on, it doesn’t last quite as long as you’d expect. Before it gets really cold this Winter, why not have a look around your house/ flat to see whether there are any places where draughts are coming in and lowering the temperature in the room? 

If you do find any draughts, it’s fairly easy and inexpensive to get your hands on some draught excluders or strips. Oh and don’t forget to cover up any keyholes and letterboxes. Even if you have to pay a little for some draught busting supplies, they should end up paying for themselves if you see a reduction in your bill. 

2. Use reflectors to make the most of your heat

Not many people know to do this, but it’s a pretty nifty trick to maximise the heat coming into your home. You can place metal reflector panels behind your radiators that simultaneously stop any heat from escaping through the wall and reflect it back in the room where you want it. 

It’s also a good idea to make sure that your radiators are bled and that there are no big pieces of furniture placed in front of them. 

3. Use your timer. 

It’s lovely to come home to a toasty house after a long day at work during the winter months. But, you need to make sure that you’re not using your heat when you don’t really need it. Make sure that you set your timer to heat your house just before you come home from work and before you wake up in the morning, if you need it then too. This way you’ll only be paying for the heat you really need. 

4. Use throws and hot water bottles

When it's cool but not frezing, sometimes all you need is a warm blanket to wrap around yourself on the sofa or a hot water bottle and you’re warm enough. Have a look at these hot water bottle safety guidelines before you use one and remember that fleece is a good material to buy your throw in, as it’s a good insulator. 

5. Draw your curtains 

This couldn’t be simpler, but drawing your curtains can make a real difference to how warm your home feels. It'll keep heat in and help to stop any draughts coming in from your windows. The thicker your curtains the better. 

 

6. See if you can get a free boiler

If you’re a homeowner or private tenant, it’s sometimes possible to get a free boiler with the Government’s ECO scheme. With this scheme, the Government will either pay for the full cost of replacing your boiler or pay part of the cost, if you meet their criteria. To find out whether this might work for you click here.

Hopefully these tips have helped if you were dreading putting the heating on this Winter. Have a look at the rest of the money saving section for lots more ideas to make your cash last a little longer in all areas of life. 

 

by Christine Walsh

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