As the nights draw in and the weather gets colder, we have to start thinking about how we can keep our homes warm during the long winter months without breaking the bank. Here are some simple tips to keep warm and save money.
Insulate Your Home
You’d be surprised at the amount of heat that can escape out of your home, that’s money simply leaking out of your home as well as warmth. 25% is lost through your roof, 35% through walls and draught hotspots and 10% through the floor. Investing in insulation can help reduce the amount of this heat that can escape and there are government green home schemes to help with the cost.
Draught hotspots such as around doors and windows can make your home feel colder as well as leak heat, so try and fit draught excluders where you can to reduce this. Such as draught excluding strips around windows and doors, draught excluders or covered letterboxes and dot draught excluders by doors in rooms you are using to keep the heat in.
Compliment Your Central Heating
Rather than turning up the thermostat, if you’re only using one or two rooms, look into portable plug-in heating so you can focus warmth where you most need it and avoid expensive bills. While oil, fan and gas heaters can be expensive to run, (as much as 30p an hour) opting for a tubular heater could be a much more affordable choice. A tubular heater costs less than 1p an hour to run and is a great option for background heat. You can plug in and mount them on walls so you can focus the heat where you need it without it getting in the way.
Update your blinds and curtains
If you feel the cold by windows in your home, look into thermally efficient blinds and curtains to help keep the heat in and the cold out by helping to prevent cold air in your home. There are plenty of stylish options to suit any home and budget so you can save heat and money without compromising your style.
Invest in a Smart Thermostat
A smart thermostat is a great way to get more control of the heating in your home, it can be programmed to come on when you’re on your way home so you’re never wasting heat when you’re not using it. If you’re going to be home later or earlier, you can set it to come on for you or move the time it comes on – all via an app on your phone.
Our tubular heaters can be used with a thermostat you can programme to come on at a certain time or when the temperature falls below a certain point, ideal for your home, greenhouse, garage or shed!