Saving money is something we all love to do. When bills seem to keep on going up and up, it can be hard to know how you can save money – after all, you and your family want to be warm.
You may not know, but the small things can have a big impact over time on your heating bill. And there is lies the key words – ‘in time’. You can, and will, start to save money straight away by lagging a hot water pipe, for example, but you may not notice this saving for some time.
Taking action and doing a combination of heat saving activities will have a bigger, more noticeable impact on your bill. There are also times when you will need to bite the bullet and spend money to improve something in order to save money in the longer term.
Fitting a new heating system and investing in under floor heating supplies is one way of investing money in your property, but saving in the longer term.
Heating your home
To heat your home, you use energy. This can be supplied via mains gas or electricity, via ground source heat pumps, air source heat pumps, wind generated energy or solar power. However, your home is heated, you want to use as little energy as possible and keep as much as the heat in your property, for as long as possible too.
Here are some ways of saving on your heating bill:
#1 Exclude draughts
Losing heat is the quickest way of making your property cold again and thus, taking time to fit draught excluders around exterior door frames, especially those that are not double glazed will help keep cold draughts out and warm air in. You may think that this small improvement is not worth the effort but you will be amazed at how much heat is lost over the winter months through gaps and draughts around non-double glazed doors and windows.
#2 Turn the heat down
In a well-insulated home, you will notice your boiler or heating system needing to fire up less often as the amount of residual heat in your home remains high. To this end, turning down the thermostat a degree or two makes perfect sense.
#3 Invest in a more efficient source of heating
A roaring log burner, gas central heating, electric bar fires… there are all kinds of ways and means of heating a home. Underfloor heating is growing in popularity and for many reasons:
- Underfloor heating supplies are affordable and readily available to create a system perfect for you home
- It is a source of background heat that keeps your home warm enough throughout the day and night
- It can use ground source heat as its energy supply which, apart from the cost of apparatus and fitting, is a constant, free supply of energy
#4 Insulate walls and lofts
Did you know that the minimum recommended depth of insulation in a loft has changed? The minimum recommended was, at one time 120mm but topping up your loft insulation to the new recommendation of 270mm will save you serious cash over the longer term.
Making sure that walls are insulated too will also help to keep the heat in. Cavity wall insulation or adding an extra layer of wall insulation on the outside can also save you cash over the longer term. Increasing your home’s Energy Performance certificate grade will also have an impact on its value too.
#5 Insulate you!
The days of walking around your home in winter, the heat on full blast and lounging about in a t-shirt should be long gone. This is not only costing you hundreds of pounds but it is also pumping CO2 into the atmosphere at a bigger rate too.
As well as turning the thermostat down a degree or two or more, insulating yourself by wearing a jumpy, woolly socks and slippers and so on.
#6 Use heat in the home well
Take the oven, for example; when you have finished cooking tea, leave the oven door open to allow the heat to dissipate through the kitchen and around the home.
#7 And finally, don’t over-pay
You will know that for some people who buy energy through a supplier that prices can be high. Taking time to regularly shop around and get the best deal is simply essential.
Underfloor Heating Trade Supplies supply customers with all kinds of underfloor heating kits. Understanding how the system works and the benefits it brings, having background heat in your property will change how you live in your home.