Its getting a bit on the chilly side and most people would have switched on their heating by now. Even if its a couple of hours in the morning and evening the bills can add up. Heating and hot water makes up over 60% of the average spend on energy bills across UK homes. We have a few tips to help you cut your heating bills and save some of that hard earned cash. If you aren’t locked into a deal call up your provider and switch to a cheaper tariff. Standard tariffs tend to be expensive and supplier will revert back to this after a deal ends. You could cut your heating bills by hundreds of pounds by making a switch to another provider. Don’t forget to use TopCashback or Quidco to get cashback with an energy supplier or use their comparison tools.
A Smart meter records your energy usage and sends a meter reading directly to your supplier. This is a great tool to see for yourself how you are using your gas and electricity and you only pay for what you use.
Get a new boiler
If you are thinking of replacing your boiler then the good news is that newer models are a lot more energy efficient.
If your boiler is more than 15 years old or are constantly ringing the repair company then getting a new one is probably a good idea. Regular boiler services can also save in the long run and make it last a lot longer.
Newer models are more energy efficient meaning not only will it heat your home for longer and quicker, you will cut your heating bills right down. When your buying your new boiler you should consider the cost of repaying the boiler in savings made as well as the actual price. Every boiler will have a rating AAA to G indicating energy efficiency and G rated ones will need replacing a lot more quickly and use more gas to fire up the heating. The Energy Saving Trust estimates that you could save around £340 a year if you replace a G rated boiler with an A rated product. Space is always a factor to consider and installing a combi product means you won’t need a separate hot water cylinder. They can run on Gas, oil and LPG.
If you live in a flat you might have electric heating but there are still ways to cut your heating bills. Storage heaters are well insulated and can give you control over temperature settings in each room and how heat is stored. Fitting thermostats and controls can make your heating a lot more efficient and let you release heat when you need it.
Cut your heating bills by keeping the heat in
Double glazed windows are designed to let light and heat in but reduce the amount of heat that can escape. Sash windows are very popular but are traditionally very poor at keeping the heat in. However if you have them and don’t want to make the switch to double glazing then there are options. Some companies who will install secondary glazing or offer sash window style double glazing. Thick heavy curtains will also help in stopping the heat escape.
Keeping radiators clear allows air to circulate around the room. Hanging clothes from them or having your furniture in traps the warm air in that area leaving the rest of the room feeling cold. Also block draughts where possible around doorways, skirting boards and windows.
Don’t forget cavity wall, loft and under floor insulation, this can make a huge difference to a home’s energy efficiency. The Big Six energy supplies provide grants or contributions towards installing insulation. Around 90% of homes will qualify for some form of assistance.
Wear a snuggly jumper or fleece indoors. Get out the blankets when you settle down to watch your favourite shows in the evening. Not only will you have a cosy night in but you can turn down the thermostat and save around 10% per degree. Hot water bottles and a warm drink are also good ways to warm up quickly. You could always do a bit of exercise in front of the TV using a games console or fitness DVD. This would be ideal if you want to shed a few pounds for the party season. Whatever you decide to do keep warm and enjoy the festive season.