With ever soaring energy bills, it’s a good idea to look at alternative ways of keeping your home warm that don’t involve turning on the heating! Here are 10 surprisingly simple but cost effective strategies from the team at Anchor Pumps to help you keep heating costs down this winter…
1. Open up those curtains and blinds on sunny days and let the warmth of the sun into your home. The air temperature outside might be chilly but sunlight through glass is effective on even the coldest days.
However, don’t forget to close your curtains and blinds once the sun goes down. Thick and thermally lined curtains provide excellent insulation.
2. If your home lacks double glazing, then you will be losing a large amount of heat through the glass. This can be remedied inexpensively by using transparent film that attaches to the window frame and which replicates much of the insulating effect of double glazing.
3. Keep the doors of unused rooms closed so that warm air is not lost into them and wasted, thereby confining the warmth to the rooms that are in use.
4. Many homes have fireplaces that are merely decorative. If you don’t use yours for venting gases then it doesn’t need to be open and it’s probable that you are losing heat through it – so why not brick it up? Try blocking it off by using a chimney balloon to fill the space, which can easily be removed at a later date if the flue is required again.
5. Radiators attached to external walls can lose vast amounts of heat into those walls – a top tip is to reflect that heat back into the room by using tin foil. Although you can use kitchen foil, there is available a foil that is especially made for the purpose of wall insulation from a number of DIY stores.
6. Move large items of furniture away from radiators. You want to be warming the air, not the back of the settee.
7. Be on the lookout for small draughts. These indicate that household heat is being lost, and can be getting in via the letterbox or cat flap. A letterbox with a brush inside allows access while cutting down on air flow and the cat flap can be hung with insulating material such as wool.
8. Talking of draughts, the gaps beneath doors can be filled in the simplest way by the use of a home-made draught excluder. Old tights stuffed with material work a treat!
9. Insulate your entire house, especially the loft area. There will be a small initial outlay, but it will save you pounds in the long run and you can further save money by doing this easy job yourself
10. As well as heating bills, the cost of water can also top up those winter bills. The colder winter months may make baths seem more desirable than taking showers, but you will see greater energy savings through taking short showers. Water loss can also be caused through running taps while you wait for the water to heat up – domestic heating pumps with AUTOADAPT technology can also assist with this, the unique technology monitors your home’s water consumption patterns, so water is always hot and ready to use when you and your family need it.
View more money saving tips in our great Infographic- “Saving money on heating and water bills”.