This month the UK rolled out average lows of four degrees Celsius and tightened lockdown rules as we approach both the colder season and a second wave of coronavirus.
Given the drop in temperature and the fact that millions are being encouraged to stay home, many of us will want to turn up the heat, but may be concerned about how much this will affect our pocket. Therefore the experts from BestHeating have put together ten do’s and don’s to save money on heating and to heat more intelligently:
- Buy thick curtains – Thicker curtains reduce both the amount of colder air entering and the amount of hot air exiting. The thicker the material, the more heat it will contain. Also, tuck your curtains behind your radiator to prevent any more heat from escaping.
- Cover exposed pipes – Exposed pipes allow the heat to escape easily. Try to cover them with an insulating material to maximize their efficiency.
- Only heat the room where you spend most of your time – Heating rooms in your home that you don’t spend much time in is not only a waste of energy, but also a waste of your money.
- Cover up designs – You can lose a lot of heat from gaps in your doors and window frames. Make sure to fill in these gaps with a tensile strength material like tensile strength strip or even a thick cloth for a quick fix.
- Turn your thermostat down one degree C -. Experts have proven that reducing the temperature of your home by one degree Celsius can save you up to £ 80 / year
- Dry your clothes on the cooler – Drying clothes on your radiator prevents heat from spreading around the room and needs to be left on for much longer to get the same effect without clogging
- Keep the heater on all day – Your home will take longer to heat up if you keep switching it on and off. However, you will save more money by putting your heater on a timer a few hours a day. Try setting a timer on your boiler so that it only turns on a few hours a day.
- Let your radiators get dirty – If you notice cold spots on the bottom of your radiators when the heater is full, it may mean that sludge has built up in the system. This will keep the hot water from circulating properly and keep your radiators from getting hot enough when you need the heater most. Give your radiators a good clean to make sure you don’t waste money on heating!
- Turn your thermostat above 18 ° C. – Research shows the average thermostat setting in the UK is 20.8 ° C. However, experts have found that 18 ° C is warm enough to stay comfortable in winter.
- Do not place large pieces of furniture in front of your radiator – Blocking your radiator with furniture such as a sofa or table will stop the flow of hot air. This clogging causes your boiler to work harder to heat your home, resulting in expensive heating bills.
BestHeating’s John Lawless said, “The colder fall weather always triggers the debate about your heating being low all day, not a few hours a day. Sure, your boiler will have to work a little harder the first time you turn it on to heat a cold house, but keeping it on all the time will use more energy than just turning it on when you need it.
“The best thing you can do to cut bills and keep warm is to insulate your home, avoid drafts, and have better heating controls. In a room that you are not using, do not let the heating run at full blast; just heat the room where you spend most of your time.
“Our advice is to heat more intelligently. You can’t control the weather or the lockout rules, but you can control your heating and how your home loses that heat. “