Are you spending more than you need to on heating your home? Have you looked at ways to curb the ever-rising energy bills and heat your home efficiently?
Heating a family home can cost a small fortune and, like lots of people up and down the country, you might dread getting your energy bills. Particularly in winter when the colder weather strikes, you may find yourself paying a premium to keep your home warm and cozy. However, while there’s inevitably a cost to warming your property, it’s possible that you’re currently paying over the odds.
Here are some questions to think about when looking at keeping your home warm yet efficient.
When’s the last time you considered switching energy supplier?
Especially if you’ve got a million and one other issues to deal with, the thought of switching your energy supplier might be enough to bring you out in a cold sweat. This process may be easier and quicker than you think though, and it could save you some serious money. If you’ve not shopped around for a competitive energy tariff for some time, it’s well worth scouring the market for a better deal.
How heat efficient is your home?
Make sure you keep your doors and windows closed during the chilly season as well to trap as much warmth as possible in your rooms. Look into underfloor heating options. You can have beautiful engineered wood flooring down that is fully compatible with underfloor heating. In fact, engineered wood is highly recommended for this due to its stable structure being able to withhold fluctuating temperatures, better than it’s solid wood counterpart. Here are a few wood flooring ideas for the living room I shared the other day.
If your home never seems to get warm, or heat escapes from it very quickly even when you keep your windows and doors closed, the chances are you need to improve your insulation. If your budget will stretch to it, add wall or loft insulation. Cheaper measures include blocking draughts around doors, windows and loft hatches, and using lined curtains or thick blinds to retain more warmth.
Are your daily habits driving your energy bills higher?
Your habits around the home might be also adding to your heating bills. When it starts to get a little cold, do you find yourself automatically reaching for your heating controls rather than putting on an extra layer of clothing? If you do, it’s time to change your mindset. Also, you might want to turn down the temperature in rooms you don’t often use and it’s worth keeping your heating on at a lower temperature consistently during the winter rather than turning it on and off for blasts of heat.
Heating your home will always require you to spend some money, but right now you might be shelling out significantly more than you need to. When you have a spare moment go back and look over your options.
*This is a Collaborative post