With the cost of living and increased fuel prices, trying to keep your house warm in this cold weather is a challenge! So, we’ve sourced some of the best cost-friendly ways to insulate your home and keep your house warm this winter.
1. Get your boiler serviced
Defective boilers can massively increase your heating bill as they need to work significantly harder to bring your home to the desired temperature. Therefore, it is recommended your boiler is serviced every 12 months. Also, check your current package as you may be covered to get an annual service as part of your contract.
2. Draught-proof your home
Fill in the gaps around the windows using a draught excluder insulating tape to help stop heat escaping. Fitting it is straightforward; just make sure it sits snugly. Also, use door draught excluders to also help save on your heating bills.
3. Move your furniture
It sounds obvious but sometimes what is right in front of us gets missed, and blocking your radiators with furniture can seriously affect the temperature of your room. Make sure you keep any radiators free from furniture – you want your furniture close enough to feel the benefit, but with enough space, so the heat can circulate easily.
4. Insulate your pipes
Pipe lagging makes heating and hot water more efficient by keeping the water inside your pipes hotter for longer and helps prevent pipe freezing. You can buy pipe lagging from any DIY store and fit it in seconds, with no tools required.
5. Bleed your radiators
Check your radiators are heating to the top. If they aren’t, you need to “bleed” them by releasing the trapped air at the top, which stops the hot water from rising.
6. Open and close the curtains
While keeping your curtains closed will keep the heat in at night, keep them open during the day, as sunlight will naturally heat the room. Then, close them before darkness hits. Also, look for lined curtains and a heavier material to help with warmth. There are several ready-made curtains available online for reasonable prices, and not only will they make your room look beautiful, but they will also help keep the room cosy.
7. Pop a rug or three down
Wooden floors might look lovely, but they can also let heat escape – using rugs will make your home feel instantly warmer and cosier. Additionally, it’s on-trend to layer up your rugs, so you don’t have to find a huge one.
8. Set an ideal temperature
Set your main room thermostat somewhere between 18°C and 21°C, and use the “boost” or timer when you need extra heat. That way, you won’t waste energy having your house on high heat for too long.
9. Make sure your loft is insulated
Statistics show that up to a quarter of the heat in your home is lost through the roof when your loft is not insulated. So it is an investment worth doing!
10. Invest in an electric blanket
Depending on the type, electric blankets are very affordable and can be great to stop you from feeling chilly on a cold winter evening when you go to bed. Based on the current cap, it costs 24p to run a 100W electric blanket for one hour a day for seven days.
Uswitch energy expert Sarah Broomfield said.
“Using an electric blanket to warm the bed may mean you can turn the temperature of your thermostat down, as you won’t need your bedroom to be so hot.
“Turning your thermostat down by just 1°C can save you as much as £80 a year.”
The more you can do with layers and insulation, the warmer your home will be and hopefully keep your heating costs down. Also, note that there are grants and schemes you could be eligible for, like the Warm Home Discount, so please do check.