With the grim news that bills are going to be skyrocketing in the next few months, we’re all looking for ways to save money and tighten our belts. During the summer months, keeping warm isn’t an issue but with Autumn just around the corner, we’re all going to want to turn up the heating, but maybe feel like we can’t afford to. With this in mind, I’m sharing five tips to help you to keep your heating costs as low as possible, this winter:
Replace Your Boiler
For most households, central heating is responsible for more than half of your energy bill each year. So replacing an old, inefficient gas boiler with a modern energy-efficient one could make a big difference to your payments. Upgrading an old G-rated gas boiler to a new A-rated condensing one with a programmer, room thermostat and thermostatic radiator valves in a typical three-bed semi-detached house would save £195 a year. If you live in a detached home, you could save £300. Speak to Aren Plumbing and Heating for more information on replacing your boiler.
If you don’t have a lot of money to spend on energy efficiency improvements, there are cheaper options for you to consider. One of the easiest ways to keep your property warm is with heavy curtains. Find curtains with thermal lining, or line your current ones yourself with cheap fabric. Putting thick curtains up in every room will protect your property from losing heat through the windows. Drawing your curtains at dusk will also help to keep the heat in when the cold nights set in.
Insulate Your Loft
Insulating both your loft and cavity walls can save you as much as £290 a year, according to the Energy Saving Trust. Laying loft insulation to a thickness of 270mm in a typical non-insulated three-bedroom semi could trim £135 a year from energy bills, as less heat will be lost through the roof. Insulating cavity walls can save up to £155 a year in a semi-detached house. Solid-wall insulation, although more expensive to fit, could save you £210 in the same type of house. If you’ve got loft insulation that’s been there a while, you could still save an extra £100 a year by topping it up from 120mm to the recommended 270mm.
An easy and fairly cheap way to stop heat escaping through the floor (and to keep your toes warm!) is with floor coverings. This could be a nice cosy carpet or a rug in rooms that have wooden/linoleum floors. Although this won’t make as much difference as floor insulation, it is still a simple way to keep your property warm. No matter what time of year it is, it’s a good idea to put a plan together that will keep your property warm year-round. Spending a bit of money now could save you in the long run.
Bleed your radiators
Trapped air makes your radiators less effective. Bleeding them means letting the air out, so the warm water can circulate properly. You’ll need a radiator key. If you don’t have one, they usually cost around £1 and you can find them in any DIY shop, but it could be a cheap fix which allows you to heat your home more effectively, saving money in the long run.