With temperatures set to drop further over the next week and Storm Dennis making its way over to batter the UK with 50mph winds this weekend, you can be forgiven for wanting to hunker down and crank the heating up.
Experts at BestHeating, have put together 10 tips to help you save money on your heating:
1. Bleed your radiators – a quick and simple job which you can do yourself with no extra cost! Bleeding your radiators can help save you money on your energy bills by improving the efficiency of your radiators.
2. Don't block radiators - If you have a sofa or an armchair up against a radiator, move it! If you have a radiator cover, throw it away! Anything placed over a radiator will block the flow of air, make your boiler work harder and cost you more money. If you don't like how your radiator looks, buy a sexy designer looking one instead - just don't cover your radiators up, however ugly they are!
3. Close your curtains – closing your curtains and tucking them behind your radiator is a great way to keep heating inside the room instead of escaping through the window and walls
4. Buy an extra rug or two - An extra rug is usually considered as an additional design element to space, but they can have practical functions too. During the colder months, they add an extra layer of insulation to your flooring and help to trap cold air, preventing it from making the space colder and saving you a little more cash.
5. British Thermal Units – Correctly calculate your BTU requirements when buying new radiators to make sure you increase the efficiency of your heating and save money in the long run!
6. Draught-proof your doors and windows – filling any gaps can help you save on your heating bill
7. Fireplace Dampers - Having an open fire is fabulous as it can heat a space in a short space of time, but when you're not using it make sure the damper is closed so heat doesn't escape up your chimney, otherwise you'll be turning up your central heating, wasting energy and costing money!
8. Protect your pipes – insulate your pipes with foam lagging to prevent them from freezing in the cold weather! This will also reduce heat loss from your hot water pipes.
9. Clean your radiators – if you notice any cold spots at the bottom of your radiators when the heating is on full this could mean you have a build-up of sludge in the system. This stops the hot water circulating properly, stopping your radiators from getting hot enough when you need the heating the most. Give your radiators a good clean to make sure you aren’t wasting money on heating!
10. Check your loft insulation - Think about the roof of your home like you do the top of your head. When it's cold outside most of us wear a hat and loft insulation is like a beanie for your home. Around a quarter of a home's heat is lost through poorly insulated roof spaces, so it’s worth checking the depth of your loft insulation. The recommended depth recently increased from 200mm to between 250-270mm and was as little as 100mm only a few years ago - so if you have an older home get up in your loft space and check you have enough insulation.
John Lawless from BestHeating, commented on the drop in temperature: “Cold weather always sparks the debate around leaving your heating on low all-day vs a couple of hours a day. Sure, your boiler will have to work a little harder to heat up a cold home when you first switch it on but having it on constantly will use more energy than just switching it on when you need it.
“The best thing to do to lower bills and keep warm is to insulate your home, prevent draughts, get a more energy-efficient boiler and better heating controls. Don't have the heating on full whack in a room you don't use, just heat the room you spend the most time in.
“Our advice is to heat smarter. You can't control the weather, but you can control your heating and how your home loses that heat.”