Hands up if you like your home nice and toasty through the cold of winter.
I, like many of you, can’t bear to be cold in my own home.
But I'd rather not waste my hard earned cash on paying high heating bills. I keep on harping about it, but really, it is not that difficult to save money on your energy bills.
There are a few simple things you could do around your home that can help.
Here's how you can keep your heating costs under control through the cold season:
Turn the thermostat down
If you have not done so for a while, try turning your thermostat down a degree. You may be pleasantly surprised by how little difference it makes to how warm you feel. Most people find that if they reduce the temperature gradually, they can turn the thermostat down quite a long way, which is good for the environment as well as your pocket.
Apparently, every degree you turn your heating down by saves you between 1 and 3% on your fuel bills. One consumer managed to drop the amount of butane he used by 84%, simply by dropping the temperature of his home from an average of 73 degrees to 64 degrees.
Shut your doors
Simply shutting your doors saves a huge amount of heat. You only have to leave a door open for 10 minutes for most of the warmth you have built up in a room to leave.
Fill the gaps
It's astounding how much heat can leak out through gaps around your doors or windows. When the wind is blowing in the wrong direction, cold air can enter the room via the windows, and push warm air out through the gaps under doors. If you have a room that you struggle to heat, the chances are that filling the gaps will make a huge difference.
Insulating the loft is an extremely effective way of preventing heat loss from your house. And it makes sense to check to make sure it is still in good nick. If you have had it installed more than a decade ago, there is a good chance that it is not as thick as it should be. It also makes sense to have the area under the eaves insulated. Doing this provides an extra layer of protection to keep the cold air out and the warm air in.
Turn off radiators in unused room
It makes tremendous sense to turn the radiators off in rooms that you do not use. There really is no point in heating up your junk room!
Shop around for the best price
Shopping around for the best deals always makes sense. Price comparison sites make it easy for you to find the cheapest gas or electricity supplier in your area. You will be amazed at how much you save by switching.
If you use oil to heat your home finding the best deal is a bit trickier because you will usually have to ring round for a deal. In time, you will learn which suppliers in your area are best. For example, if you live in Ireland you will find that the home heating oil prices from Emo Oil are often the best.
These are my tips to keep warm on a budget this winter. Do you have any money-saving tricks that you use around your home? Please do share them in the comments below.
Disclosure: Collaborative post