As the nights draw in and the temperatures fall many households across the UK are beginning to turn on their heating for the winter months. However, heating a house can be considerably expensive so here is a cheat sheet devised to help you get the most out of your heating during the cold winter months. These tips are designed to help you utilise and feel the full benefit of your existing heating systems.
Regulate your thermostat. When it’s cold it is tempting to crank the thermostat up to boiling temperatures. Instead set your thermostat at a slightly cooler temperature and wear a jumper or a few layers to keep warm. Most people should be comfortable with the thermostat set at around 18C. It is estimated that each time you reduce the thermostat by one degree you save around 10% of your total heating bill, so even if 18C is a little too cold you could still save money.
It’s all in the timing. Getting the timing correct on your heating system could also help you to save money by only heating your house at times when you are there. It takes a while to warm up so you could try setting your heating half an hour to turn on 20 minutes before you wake up in the morning and turn off about 15 minutes before you leave, and then set it to turn on 20 minutes before you get home in the evening and turn off again around 15 minutes before you go to bed. This means your house will be kept warm throughout the day while you are there without having to leave the heater running all day.
Don’t heat empty rooms. A lot of people forget to switch off the heating in rooms they are not using which can quickly add up to extra costs. In empty rooms or rooms that aren’t often used turn off the radiators to conserve energy and cut costs. You can also set the radiators to slightly lower temperatures in hallways and corridors as it is unlikely that you will be spending a lot of time in these areas.
Block drafts. Covering windows with tight-fitting sheets, curtains or shades will help to block cold air from getting into a room and warm air from leaving. Also using draft excluders underneath doorways will help to stop drafts coming in and warm air leaving.
Maintain your heating system. Before cold weather season starts it is a good idea to have your heating system fully serviced and maintained. Faulty heating systems can not only incur extra costs they can also become dangerous if carbon monoxide gasses are not properly contained.