As the colder weather approaches, heating bills can slowly start to rise. However, that doesn’t need to be the case, so we thought we’d share our top 10 tips for warming up your home this autumn.
One of the main ways that homes lose heat in the autumn and winter is under the bottom of doors. These gaps let heat escape and the cold air into the home. Draught excluders are a quick and easy way to keep in the heat and cut down on energy bills. Draught excluders are really affordable and can be bought from most DIY shops.
Even with double-glazed windows, the loss of heat in the home is still extensive, so try using insulated curtains. These thick curtains are lined to help prevent heat leaving or getting into your home.
Using an eco-flap on letterboxes still lets letters in but stops cold air getting in, as does insulating the keyhole. These small, seemingly insignificant spaces still let out a lot of heat, so insulating them can help reduce heating bills.
Treating your cylinder to a new jacket this season is another great way to keep your energy prices down but ensure your home stays warm. Boiler jackets can be bought for under £20 from most good DIY shops and can help prevent heat loss by up to 75%.
Installing internal wall and loft insulation is one of the best ways to stop heat escaping from your home and can save you up to £2000 on your energy bills. Although government-backed grants such as the green deal have now ended, installing internal wall and loft insulation can still save you thousands by making your home much more energy-efficient and helping to stop wastage. Find out more on our loft and cavity wall insulation page.
Placing materials like tin foil behind radiators (especially the ones on external walls) prevents heat leaving the house through the walls and reflects it back into the room. Also, there is no point switching on the heating when you get up: by the time it circulates, it’s likely you’ll be getting ready to leave. Set up a heating timer so that it comes on half an hour before you get up, then switch it off before you leave.
Opening up your curtains during the day lets in natural light and free heat, but when it gets into the evening keep them closed to lock in the heat and keep out the cold.
Sealing in gaps in the floorboards stops heat escaping through the gaps. Covering the wooden floor with a nice rug also keeps out the cold and is somewhere nice to rest your feet at the end of the day.
Keeping doors closed on rooms when no one is in them stops the heat from having to circulate when no one is benefiting. When you’re at home, try and stick to one main room: an easy way to save on the heating bill and spend more time with the family.
Putting a hot water bottle in your bed before you get in gives it a chance to heat up without having to switch on the radiators. Hot water bottles are relatively cheap and are a great way to save energy, just fill them with boiling water and they can keep you warm for hours, which keeps energy costs down whilst keeping you toasty.