Tuesday 09 February 2016
As we face the last month of winter, and Britain is battered by storms, it’s tempting to stay indoors, wrap ourselves up in duvets and put the heating on full blast until the worst of the bad weather passes. But with the current cost of energy, how can we keep warm at home without facing a huge bill at the end of the quarter? Here we look at some of the ways to keep heating costs down during the last of the winter months.
Attach kitchen foil to the wall behind your radiators to reflect heat away from the wall and back into the room. This stops heat being wasted through the walls and will make the room warmer so you can turn the heating down slightly. You can get specialist radiator foil from DIY shops, but good quality kitchen foil works just as well at a fraction of the price.
Windows are one of the worst culprits for letting out heat, but help is at hand in the form of thermal curtains. However, the choice is often limited so If you don’t want to shell out for new curtains or are happy with the ones you have, try fitting your own insulating fabric to your existing curtains. If you aren’t handy with a sewing machine, you could even use fabric glue to attach your insulating lining.
Cut Out Draughts
If you have gaps or cracks around your doors or windows, you can lose a great deal of heat from the inside of the house. Close up any gaps with draught excluder sealant to prevent heat loss and keep the warmth where you need it – inside.
Only use what you need
It sounds obvious, but it’s surprising how many people leave their heating on all day. If you’re out at work, turn the heating off and set it to turn on just before you arrive home. Similarly, heating the house while you’re asleep is a waste, so set it to come on just before you need to get up. Turn radiators off in the rooms that aren’t used regularly, and don’t put the thermostat on full – it doesn’t heat the house any faster, and by turning down the temperature by just one degree, you could make huge savings.