Reduce your Heating Bills and Stay Warm this Winter
Winter is well and truly here and it is freezing and it’s only forecast to get even harsher! If like me, you’re trying to find ways to keep that energy bill down while keeping your home warm, then you might find some of these tips 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.
Prevent a Boiler Breakdown
- Lagging for your pipes – There’s a special type of insulation for pipes called lagging. This stops the water in your pipes from freezing and bursting, prevents condensation forming and damaging your property!
- Bleed your radiators – Air pockets in your central heating system can put strain on your boiler, as it has to work harder to heat your home. You should also keep an eye on your boiler’s pressure: it should be between 1 and 1.5 bar.
- Get an annual service – You should have your boiler checked over once a year by a qualified boiler engineer.
- Replace an inefficient boiler – The older they are the harder they have to work to heat your home. By replacing your old (inefficient) boiler you’ll negate the cost of calling out an emergency plumber at short notice and dealing with any damage your boiler may cause in the process. BOXT offer a great service with fixed prices for boiler replacements. They also guarantee 24hrs installation. And they’ve partnered with the best boiler manufacturers. Here are some useful articles to help you make an informed choice:
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!
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.
The Warm Home Discount Scheme
The Warm Home Discount is a government scheme that gives extra help to people struggling with their energy bills. It’s regulated by Ofgem and if you’re eligible you’ll get a one-off annual rebate to help with your energy bill. The ‘big six’ suppliers all provide rebates under the Warm Home Discount scheme; these include: British Gas, Scottish Power, SSE, E.on, EDF Energy and npower.
Eligibility requires the customer household to include a child aged 5 years or under or for the account holder (or partner) to be in receipt of Child Tax Credit that also includes disability or severe disability element, Disability Premium, or Pensioner Premium.
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!