Keeping the heating bills down this winter

image
Print Friendly

As the nights draw in and temperatures begin to plummet, it’s time to start preparing your home for the winter months ahead.

Rather than panic about rising heating bills, have a look at a few of our top tips for staying warm this winter and see what you can do to winter-proof your home…

Small ways to make a difference

Draughts are terrible chill culprits and if you have small gaps under doors or around window frames, you could be letting all your lovely warm air escape. Try draught excluder strips or expanding foam for windows and doorframes and buy heavy excluders to place at the foot of your doors.

It’s also worth thinking about which rooms you use most. If you have a spare room or living room you don’t spend a lot of time in, turn your radiator off or right down. Be sure to also keep your curtains tightly closed when you’re not using a room, as this can help you seal in the warmth.

Old fashioned hot water tanks can be another big way to waste heat as a lack of insulation means your hot water cools down all too quickly. Remedy the problem by wrapping the tank with a British Standard cylinder jacket – a nifty money saver you can pick up for well under ten pounds.

An extractor fan is great for keeping your kitchen smoke-free and stopping your bathroom from getting damp, but’s also a big drain on your energy. Make sure you turn your fan off straight after use or install a timer so you’re not accidentally driving your bills up without boosting your heat.

Big changes for maximum impact

There are also some significant changes you can make to your home that will save you money on your heating bills for years to come. Start by having your boiler checked, as an inefficient boiler could be costing you cash every single day. According to the Energy Saving Trust, replacing a ‘G-rated’ boiler with a more efficient model could save you up to £340 a year.

Insulation is another area that’s well worth looking into if you think you’re spending too much money on your heating bills. Houses lose heat through the attics, roofs and walls as well as through windows and doors. With the right type of insulation, you can hang on to your heat and minimise wastage. It may be possible to get free insulation for you home, check Which? for some potential options.

You may even want to consider changing your boiler.

From small tweaks to major overhauls, there are lots of ways to stay a little bit warmer this winter without raising your heating bills.

So tell us: what are your best tips for keeping heating bills low this winter? 

The following two tabs change content below.

Silversurfers Features Editor

Hello there! I’m Rachel and I’m the Features Editor for Silversurfers. I work behind the scenes to bring interesting, informative and entertaining subject matter to the Silversurfers community. I hope you enjoy the features we have shared with you. Please feel free to comment below and share your thoughts with us, we love to hear from you!

Latest posts by Silversurfers Features Editor (see all)

Not a member?

Join the silversurfers community today! It's free, easy to do, and is packed full of features and amazing offers!

Join the community!
Click here if you have forgotten your password
paulsixtyplus
30th Oct 2014
0
Thanks for voting!
Hi just joined yesterday love all the tips and comments, and will be putting some to good use, thank you Silversurfers.
wanderoam
28th Oct 2014
1
Thanks for voting!
Hello, just wanted to introduce myself. This site is full of interesting
Things. Love it already
0
Thanks for voting!
Welcome .. hope you enjoy our community and everything we have here. Best wishes

Community Terms & Conditions

Content standards

These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.

You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.

Contributions must:

be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.

Contributions must not:

contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.

Nurturing a safe environment

Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.

We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!

More Homes

Winterising your home while you're away Heating
If you're heading off on holiday this winter, don't forget to make sure your home can cope with...
Branded furniture – is it worth paying extra for? Mallory
The simple answer is: yes. Clich é s are clich é s for a reason, because they’re true...
Connecting with your heating rad
Many of you will have experienced using Bluetooth technology for pairing devices, perhaps to...
Change the ambience of your home with Plumbs made-to-measure Curtains Estella
New curtains are one of the easiest ways to can change the look and feel of any room, and this...
Renew your home ready for autumn Linea-Loose-covers
Some simple style tips for seasonal entertaining Create a cosier living room for autumn: As...
Regain control over your electric heating with Dimplex Quantum QM100 Quantum Time Line 3 Room Shot (edit)
If you have old, outdated, storage heaters then now is a great time to think about a replacement...
Protect your Furniture with Aqua Clean Technology Kentash
The living room is often the place we spend most of our time. It’s where we entertain family...
How to keep your home warm without adjusting the thermostat Hand Turning Dial On Thermostat
Staying warm without spending the earth on your gas and electricity is a delicate balancing act in...
A fire that fools the eye - The magical illusion of Opti-myst electric fires from Dimplex Dimplex-Opti-myst-Grand-Noir-Stove
There’s nothing quite like the effect of a real fire. It creates a wonderful feeling of comfort...
End of summer jobs for around the home Man Clearing Leaves From Guttering Of House
The last bank holiday weekend of the year signals the end of summer - with the last few weeks of...
Your LAST EVER CHANCE to buy Iconic Inspired Furniture in the UK ws_silversurfer4
A new Europe wide law is about to come into force in the UK extending the copyright protection...
How to put your home on Airbnb Holding house keys on house shaped keychain in front of a new ho
Turn your home into an occasional money-spinner by taking advantage of the excellent opportunities...