With the cost of energy bills at an all-time high and set to rise again this year, a priority for many people is cutting down on the use of heating in the home. There are many changes you can make to reduce your heating bill – we’ll take a look at some of them below.
Keep the heat in
It might sound obvious, but make sure doors and windows are kept closed when it’s cold to avoid loss of heat. Shutting curtains and using draught excluders can also help keep rooms warmer. You could also consider using thermal curtains to increase heat retention. Because they adapt to temperature, thermal curtains also work to keep the heat out in summer, so you won’t need to worry about overheating during the warmer months.
If there are any rooms you don’t use, keep the doors closed and turn off the radiators so you’re not wasting energy and heat.
Invest in a new boiler
Whilst boilers generally last quite a few years, there are some tell-tale signs that yours might need replacing. Old boilers can end up costing more in the long run with parts breaking down, repairs needed and reduced overall efficiency. If yours keeps running into issues, your bills are getting higher for no apparent reason or it often leaks, consider replacing it with a new, energy-efficient boiler.
Although the initial cost can be expensive, you will likely save on your heating bills in the long run. If your boiler breaks down and it’s an emergency, you could think about using a payday loan to cover the cost until you next get paid. Remember to fully assess your finances before choosing to take out credit.
Replace windows and doors
Old windows are often a major source of heat loss, so it could be worth replacing them with high-quality double glazing to retain as much heat as possible. A new insulated door can also contribute to lower heating costs and block out external noise.
Insulate your home
Cavity wall insulation can prevent heat loss. Most homes built after 1920 will have cavity wall insulation but, if your property is older than that, you might want to consider getting a professional to assess your house and install insulation if needed. Up to two-thirds of homes would benefit from better insulation, with the attic, basement, roof space and exterior walls most likely to lose heat. If you’re buying a new home, check to make sure it has a high EPC rating.
Although there’s not much you can do about the rising cost of energy, making sure your home is well insulated and efficient can help keep costs down throughout the year.