Clever Ways to Reduce your Heating Bills
Winter is well and truly here and it is freezing! If like me, you’re trying to find ways to keep that energy bill down then you might find some of these tips pretty useful…
Switch Energy Provider
If you’ve not switched for over 2 years you could be saving over £200 a year with a simple switch! I recently switched to Bulb, they made the whole process super simple and they offer £50 credit for switching via a friends link! I talk through my experience of switching to Bulb and share my £50 referral code in a post I wrote last year.
Haggle for a Better Rate
Feel like you’re paying too much for electricity or gas? Then, shop around for a better rate. As long as you live in a deregulated state, there’s plenty of room to negotiate.
Dress for Cold Weather
Dress in layers; get some slippers thick socks on your feet, wear a warm jumper, invest in a dressing gown, have a blanket in your living room, put thermals on your Christmas wish list!
Decorate for Warmth
Put flannel sheets on your bed, rugs on your floors, insulated curtains in your windows, draft excludes by your doors, and warm blankets on your sofa. When it’s cold outside, nothing says money in the bank like a house that’s blinged out in warm accessories.
Spending a little on insulating your walls/pipes this year will help you to reduce your heating bill for years to come! To reduce heat loss make sure to wrap those ducts tight. Plug your zip code into the Department of Energy’s insulation tool, to find out how much insulation your home needs. Then, beef up your existing insulation as needed.
Don’t let heat escape unnecessarily
Keep doors and windows shut when your heating is on. If your home has a fireplace, be sure that the flue is closed. Turn kitchen and bathroom ventilation fans off when they aren’t needed. Stopping heat from escaping through unwanted gaps could help you save up to £20 a year.
Use the Sun to your Advantage
(If there is any sun) open curtains during the day to allow the sun to warm your home and close curtains at night to trap in the heat.
Change Your Filter Regularly
A dirty filter makes your furnace/heat pump work harder and leads to super scary numbers on your heating bill. Aim to swap yours out once a month.
Turn Down the Thermostat
A couple degrees cooler when you’re away or asleep can make a big difference on your heating bill (without any sacrifice from you). Reducing room temperatures by just 1ºC can cut heating bills by up to £75 a year in a typical home, according to the Energy Saving Trust!
With the weather being more unpredictable now than ever you might want to check out my tips on being prepared for the beast from the east too!