12 Top tips to reduce heating costs today

Keeping your home warm is essential, especially as the cold winter months begin to approach.

However, there’s no denying that as the cost of living continues to increase, energy bills can be one of the biggest household expenses.

That’s why we created a list of 12 easy and actionable tips that can help you save money and reduce your heating costs.

Without any further ado, let’s get into it:

Here are our top 12 tips to reduce your heating bills:

Our tips on how to reduce heating bills:

1) Install insulation

Home insulation is one of the most effective ways to keep heat in your property and reduce your heating costs.

Households could reduce heat loss by up to 35%, just by installing insulation.

There are several different types of insulation available, including:

Did you know that some households can apply for free grants for insulation from the government?

To find out more check out our article, Can I Get a Free Government Insulation Grant If I’m Not on Benefits?

2) Stop draughts 

Draughts can account for a significant amount of heat loss in your home, so it’s important to seal any gaps or cracks that may be letting cold air in.

There are several ways you can do this, including:

  • Sealing gaps around doors and windows with draught excluders or sealant.
  • Fitting keyholes with covers.
  • Filling gaps in floorboards and skirting.
  • If you have a fireplace that’s never used, blocking up the chimney with a fitting cap or an inflatable pillow can help stop draughts.

3) Switch off energy vampires

An energy vampire is an appliance that continues to drain power even when it’s turned off.

Typically, any appliance that sits on standby is likely to suck your electricity dry without you even using it.

Some examples of energy vampires include:

  • Televisions
  • Computers
  • Chargers for phones, laptops and other devices
  • Microwaves
  • Toasters
  • Hair straighteners
  • Dishwashers
  • Washing machines
  • Games consoles

Simply switching these appliances off at the wall when you’re not using them could save you a considerable amount of money – so what are you waiting for?

4) Upgrade your thermostat (and turn it down) 

If your home is fitted with old-fashioned heating controls, it could be time for an upgrade.

Older thermostats and radiators can be less effective at regulating the temperature in your home, meaning that you could be wasting energy (and money) by heating your home more than necessary.

A simple solution is to upgrade your old thermostat for a more energy-efficient model.

Smart thermostats are becoming increasingly popular as they can be controlled remotely and offer features such as detecting when you’re away from home so that they can automatically adjust the temperature.

Fortunately, So Eco offers a range of heating control services which can help to make your home more energy-efficient.

5) Install a smart meter

If you want to take more control of your energy usage (and ultimately save money on heating costs), a smart meter could be a good investment.

Smart meters are digital devices that show you how much energy you’re using in real time, meaning that you can make changes to the way you use energy and reduce your consumption (and costs).

6) Time your heating

Heating your home for longer than necessary is a sure-fire way to waste energy and drive up your heating costs.

Instead, try to heat your home only when you need to and for as long as you need to. This can be achieved by using a timer or thermostat to control when your heating comes on and goes off.

For example, if you know you’re going to be out of the house for most of the day, there’s no need to have your heating on all day long. Instead, you could set a timer so that it only comes on an hour or so before you’re due home.

7) Select which rooms to heat

Now that your heating is timed, take it one step further by choosing which rooms will be heated.

There’s not much point in wasting energy heating the utility room or spare bedroom while you’re unwinding in the living room, so why not be a bit picky with the rooms you heat up?

Especially for those working from home in the home office, it can make sense to just heat the room you’re using during the day.

8) Check on your boiler

Your boiler is one of the most important pieces of equipment when it comes to heating your home, so it’s important to keep it in good working order.

One way to do this is by having it serviced regularly by a Gas Safe registered engineer. A yearly service will help to keep it running smoothly and efficiently, and can also identify any potential problems before they become serious.

As a general rule, boilers older than 10 years old are likely to be less effective than new models and could be costing you massive sums of money in the long run.

To learn more about boilers and if you’re eligible for a free upgrade, click the link.

9) Consider installing a heat pump

A heat pump is a renewable energy source that can be used to heat your home.

There are two types of heat pumps: air source and ground source. Air source heat pumps extract heat from the air outside, while ground source heat pumps extract heat from the ground.

Heat pumps are an efficient way to heat your home as they use less energy than traditional heating methods such as gas or oil. They can also help to reduce your carbon footprint.

To learn more about heat pumps, click the link!

10) Check that your radiators are balanced 

If your radiators are unbalanced, it could be costing you money in wasted energy.

An easy way to check if your radiators are balanced is by feeling each one in turn. If some are much cooler than others, they may need to be bled (this involves releasing trapped air from the radiator so that hot water can flow more freely).

If you’re not sure how to do this, you can find plenty of helpful guides online or ask a professional for assistance.

11) Clean your radiator vents

Once you’ve bled your radiators, it’s also a good idea to give them a good clean as this can help to improve their efficiency.

Radiator vents play an important role in regulating the flow of hot water around your radiators and, as such, can have a big impact on their efficiency.

If your radiator vents are blocked, it can prevent hot water from circulating properly and cause your radiators to overheat. This not only wastes energy but can also be a fire hazard.

To clean your radiator vents, simply remove them and vacuum out any dust or debris that may have accumulated inside. It’s also a good idea to check that the vents are free from obstruction and not blocked by furniture or other items.

12) Set your thermostatic radiator valves on low

Last, but certainly not least, on our list of tips to reduce heating costs is to set your thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs) on low.

TRVs are fitted to radiators and help to regulate the temperature in your home by controlling the flow of hot water.

If your TRVs are set too high, you could be wasting energy (and money) by heating your home more than necessary.

Start Saving on Heating Bills Today

So, there you have it – our 12 top tips to reduce heating costs in your home.

We hope that you found this article helpful and that you’re able to put some of these tips into practice to help reduce your energy bills.

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