It is a normal practice for people in Britain to begin using their Central Heating, daily from October through to March or April. In fact, over 70% of household energy consumption during this period goes to heating homes. But this figure can actually be reduced while still keeping homes warm enough and this will not only help to cut energy costs, but at the same time help to meet the UK government’s legally required Carbon Reduction Commitments. More interesting is that this solution does not have to be complex and costly. There are very simple tips that could help you keep your home adequately warm through the winter for just little or no extra cost. Here are some of them:
- Use Your Curtains: curtains can act as an extra layer of insulation to keep your rooms warm. Open them during the day to let the sunlight and some warm air in. When it gets dark, shut them to keep the warm air inside your home and also stop cold air from entering.
- Set Your Central Heating on Timers: according to the Centre for Sustainable Energy; when you program your heating to turn on at a lower temperature a little earlier before you wake in the morning, you save more than turning it on at a higher temperature when you need it. This is explained by the fact that the boiler heats up at a constant speed no matter how you set your thermostat.
- Move Your Sofa: while it feels great to have your favorite sofa in front of the radiator, you should know that it is absorbing much heat that could actually be warming your home. Move it away from the radiator and let hot air circulate freely. Do same with your curtains or drying clothes – so that you can get the most out of your heat source.
- Maximize Your Insulator: insulators are good and effective energy savers, make use of them. A 25cm of insulation through your loft could help to reduce the 25% heat that is lost through your roof. Same goes for your walls and other parts of your home.
- Wrap Up Your Warm Water: according to The Energy Community, insulating your water tanks could help you save about £150 a year. Make sure your hot water tank is properly lagged as this will help to keep water in it warm for longer times and ultimately reduce heating costs.
- Turn The Dial Down: a research result showed that when you turn your thermostat down by 1°c, your heating bill could be cut by 10%. So you should turn down your thermostat to 18°c as recommended by Public Health England to save more cost and still keep your home warm.
- Block The Draughts: it would be a wise decision to get your windows and doors properly sealed before winter kicks in fully. You can do this yourself, using self adhesive rubber seals and keep your home warm for a very little cost.
- Use Thermostatic Radiator Valves: installing thermostatic radiator valves and other heating controls could help you to save up to 40% of energy by allowing you to set your heating to come on at scheduled times when you need it.
- Upgrade Your Boiler: new versions of condensing boiler consumes a lesser amount of energy to produce same amount of heat as older versions. You should consider upgrading to a newer version if your boiler is old. You could save up to £350 just by doing that.
- Reflect The Heat: you could install radiator panels in your home to help reflect heat back into your room rather than your walls. They are also easy to install and relatively cheap. Use them.
These steps listed here will sure help to more efficiently keep your home warm enough through the winter season. Do you have a different tip to keep home warm? Share it with us by leaving a comment below!