How much do you think you spend on your heating bills at present? According to the Energy Saving Trust, on average half the money spent on utility bills in the UK goes towards heating and hot water.
Is it there before any surprise that come the first sign of winter, many households have the same answer rumbling on, whether to put the heating on. But, did you know that by taking precautionary steps, you can reduce your energy bills at the same time as keeping your home warm. Five top tips we recommend are …
Make an Extra Layer Your First Choice:
Many of us opt to switch the heating on the moment that we feel a chill in the home. Automatically reaching for the heating will cause your energy bills to rocket. Instead, your first option should be to make an extra layer of clothing your first choice to keeping warm.
Have Your Boiler Serviced Annually:
As with all appliances within the home, general usage can take its toll on your boiler. This wear and tear will leave your boiler performing below its optimum level, hindering its efficiency and costing you more in energy bills.
To reduce the risk of wear and tear on your boiler, you should have it serviced annually. Ideally the service should take place before winter takes hold.
Along with getting your boiler serviced, it's also recommended to install a CO2 alarm next to the boiler.
Bleed Your Radiators:
If you've put your heating on and found that the top of your radiator is cooler than the bottom, then you'll need to bleed them. This is not a difficult task, nor is it time consuming. But it is one which should be carried out at the earliest opportunity to save you money on your energy bills.
To bleed your radiators, all you'll need is a radiator key and a towel.
With your heating off, use the radiator key to turn the valve at the top of the radiator to release any trapped air. Whilst doing this, hold the towel just below the valve to catch any water which may trickle out. As soon as water appears, close the valve.
Set TRVs Low:
Many modern radiators come with TRVs, which enable you to set the temperature of the individual radiator. Whilst many of us will turn the TRV to six, this will cost you money without heating the room any quicker.
To help save money on your energy bills, set the TRV to its lowest setting, before gradually turning them up until you find a comfortable room temperature. It's also recommend to keep the TRVs on a low setting in rooms which are not frequented often. This will help keep the room warm without wasting heat.
Utilise Natural Heat:
OK, so the sun is not as strong during the winter months, it can still provide the required warmth to naturally heat your home. To make the most out of the natural warmth from the sun, leave your curtains open during the day, and closed during the evening.
Along with closing your curtains during the evening, it's also a good idea to keep internal doors closed where possible.
These five simple steps will help you to save money on your heating and energy bills, at the same time as keeping the house warm. But, for those who are looking for an additional heat source there are a number of portable radiators available which will provide the heating requirements you need.