Its that time of year again to start putting your winter coats on and turning up the thermostat – but it doesn’t have to come at a damaging cost. We have put together a list of the top 10 things you can do to save money on your winter heating bills.
1. Locking Windows and Doors
This trick can make a lot of difference to feeling the cold in your home and save you money on your winter heating bill. Majority of windows are left slightly on latches so ensure that you fully lock them up. Also keeping doors closed around your home isn’t just a myth, it stops any cold drafts from travelling and keeps heat in.
2. Sealing cracks
On top of locking your windows and shutting doors, try sealing the cracks in windows and doors with duct tape to prevent any outside drafts from coming in. We also suggest any cracks or holes in your interior walls should be filled to ensure the heat is not travelling out the house.
One way to save money on your winter heating bill is by making up some yummy, hot dishes for the whole family. Winter is the perfect time to get the stew dishes out and start making up some dumplings! Why not get the kids involved too?
4. Turn it down by 1!
It may sound silly, but just adjusting your thermostat to decrease by 1 degrees you can actually save more money on your winter heating bill than expected. Although, we have provided you with 9 other ways prevent using your heating.
5. Fires and Candles
Candles and fireplaces don’t just keep you warm and help you save money on your heating bill – they also give your home a friendly winter touch. Try getting some scented candles to fit in with the season (a personally favourite is spiced apple). Also, if you decide to begin using your fireplace – make sure you have some protection for the kids!
Although this is an obvious thing for when trying to save money on your heating bill, it is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to get, and stay warm. A personal favourite winter item is the onesie! It is perfect for snuggling in with a cup of hot chocolate! (perfect)
Putting insulation or extra in your home This can be a process which saves you incredible amounts of money, more so in the long run than the short term and is worth the effort and money you’d put in. Sometimes it’s easier to do these things when you are initially building the house.
8. Timed heating
Rather than just putting on the heating whenever you fancy it, try and set times for it to come on and turn off so then you won’t be wasting anymore heating than you already need. If you need it on longer than adjust your times.
9. Place tin foil behind radiators
One unique way to save money on your heating bill is by using tin foil behind your radiators. Like we mentioned, we are trying to help you prevent using your heating but if it gets too cold – place sheets of foil behind the rads to send the heat through your interior walls and speed up the heating process, meaning you leave the heating on for a shorter amount of time.
10. Natural Sunlight
In the cold winter days, it’s always nice to see and feel a few rays of sun so make sure you are keeping the natural sunlight coming into your home. Not only does it keep it bright and spacious but will help warm your surroundings up when coming through your glass windows.
We hope you found this helpful when trying to save money on your winter heating bill. If you have any more thoughts or want to let us know which tip’s you used tweet us at: @Canterbury_Oak or tag us on Facebook.