5 Ways To Keep Your Home Warm On A Budget

5 ways to keep your home warm on a budget

creative collection and edition discount Winter is well and truly upon us, and as the weather’s got colder, many of us have turned the heating on already –  and probably won’t be turning the thermostat down until February!

Although energy prices are falling, the average family still spends over £1000 a year on gas and electricity, which is no small sum.

Thankfully, there are a few ways to cut your energy costs without shivering all winter. If you want to keep warm without breaking the bank, here are five top tips.

 

 

Maximise Your Radiators

How many of us have our sofa up against the radiator in the living room? It might be keeping the back of your sofa toasty warm, but the heat won’t get much further than that. Moving furniture away from the radiators, even just a few inches, lets the heat circulate through the room and warm it properly, as well as saving on damage to your furniture.

To make your radiators work even harder, consider investing in radiator panels; reflective panels you put behind a radiator to reflect more heat into the room – these really do make a difference: using them on every radiator in your house can cut your heating bills by as much as 15%! And if you don’t fancy buying them, you can achieve a similar effect by lining the wall behind your radiators with tin-foil.

 

Stop Losing Heat

You may already use draught excluders to keep heat from escaping under doors, but what about your windows? Even with double glazing, thin curtains or blinds cn let heat out. Consider replacing yours with a heavier option to keep the warmth in the room, or line them with a thermal lining – a cheap fleece material will do.

And curtains aren’t just for windows! Try placing them over external doors for extra draught exclusion, as well as a bit of interior design flair. However, don’t keep curtains or blinds drawn in the day, as sunlight will warm your rooms’ up naturally.

 

 

Don’t Heat What You Don’t Need

If you have a spare bedroom or second bathroom that’s rarely used, turn radiators off in those rooms, and shut the doors to them so that heat from the rest of the house doesn’t escape into them either. It might be unpleasant if you have to nip in to find something, but it’ll be worth it for the savings!

Additionally, if you have radiators in the halls or corridors of your home, these can be turned down slightly – if not shut off altogether – as you’ll only ever be passing through them for a couple of minutes at a time.

 

Insulate

Professional home insulation can be costly, but DIY loft insulation is relatively cheap and simple. Foam insulation are cheap, and 3 8inch rolls should be enough to give most lofts a decent layer of insulation. Make sure you know what you’re doing before you start, and wear protective clothing and goggles to stay safe, though.

Another part of your house to insulate is the hot water tank and pipes. You can buy a jacket for the tank and foam tubes for the pipes, both of which are easy to fit, and will keep the heat inside the pipes – so it heats the water, not your airing cupboard.

 

 

It’s All About Timing

It’s a basic tip, but putting the thermostat on a timer is a great way to make sure you’re only heating the house when it’s needed. Set the timer for 20 minutes before you wake up and 20 minutes before you get home from work, and you’ll feel toasty 24/7 without having to think about it.

Additionally, try to keep the heat setting at 18C – this is the temperature that most of us should feel warm in a jumper and jeans, and ensuring your heating doesn’t go above this temperature often will save you cash. If it seems too cold at first, try bringing the temperature down 1 degree every few days until you’re acclimatised.

 

This article was written with the support of Liberty on behalf of Lifestyle Blinds.

6 thoughts on “5 Ways To Keep Your Home Warm On A Budget

  1. So we just had better insulation installed in our home. Now our attic is toasty warm. But our main level loses so much heat from the 7 large windows… some of which are 5 feet tall and 4-6 feet wide. How do I add fleece to insulate it without making it look really tacky? I’m not sure how I would hang that without putting holes in the walls over the blinds.
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  2. I had never thought about how the placement of the radiator would affect its efficiency, but it makes sense! If you have a nice, expensive, custom radiator, it will truly not be able to do you any good if you stash it away behind the couch. I’ll have to go home and make sure that I’m not making any rookie mistakes so that I can maximize the energy efficiency of my home.

  3. Your point about the timer is a good one. It is a commonly held myth that keeping the heating on all day saves money, but there was some work done by the Energy Saving Trust in the UK which proved this to be false. Setting the timer to heat your home when you need it and to have it turn off when you don’t was much the best option.

  4. I’m glad that you pointed out the importance of insulating your home. While it may seem kind of obvious, it’s still amazing how much insulation can help keep warmth in. Just putting insulation in your attic can help a ton. Other than that, I also like your advice to put curtains over external doors during the winter to prevent heat from escaping; I’ll have to try that. Thanks for the article!

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