With so many of us currently at home, working, looking after the kids, or self-isolating, it’s never been more important to assess our (rising) utility bills. As we are spending more time at home than ever before, we need to ensure that we are getting the best value for our money when it comes to heating, especially during these colder months.
Here we will explore the best ways to save money on your home heating bills – if you’re wanting a new boiler, check out the current boiler installation cost via the link.
Stop with the automation
Instead of having the heating turn on first thing in the morning and turn off last thing at night, only use it when you need it. Otherwise, you may find that you are wasting money on keeping your home warm when you aren’t even in, or when you are already at a comfortable temperature. This is a common mistake people make, which can have costly consequences. Be sensible – if you know you’re getting up at a certain time and will likely need the heating, turn it on as soon as you wake up, and then you will also feel a greater sense of appreciation when it does come into action.
This is the time for thick socks, layers, dressing gowns and thermals. Make sure you are dressed appropriately when you’re at home, as that way you’ll be less likely to immediately reach for the thermostat. A lot of the time you might not actually need the heating to be on, you could just put a blanket over you on the sofa, for example.
Move your body
If you’re sat in front of a computer all day then make sure to get your blood pumping every hour or so. This will not only improve your mental wellbeing but it’ll soon make you feel less chilly and more energised. Even just having a few jogs up and downstairs can improve your mood and temperature – give it a go!
Turn the heat down
A simple and easy way to save you money on your heating bill is by turning the temperature down a degree or two. Over time, this will save you a substantial amount of money and it’s not likely you will even notice a difference temperature-wise.
Utilise your curtains
During the day, ensure all the curtains in your home are open to let the sun in, as even though it is cold outside, the big yellow ball in the sky is still extremely potent. Then, when the sun has set, close your curtains to make sure that the heat is trapped inside your home. Simple but effective.
Negotiate for better rates
Shop around online to see what options are available when it comes to home heating. If you find that there are better rates, then get in touch with your current provider to see if you can haggle a better deal. If not, then threaten to make the switch to the more affordable option – however, don’t make this statement if you’re not willing to follow it through! Either way, you should end up with better value heating.