Need help with heating bills? Follow these tips!
No matter what time of year it is, our bills seem to creep upon us. It always seems to come as a surprise, even though we know our bank balance will take a hit each month. To ensure you’re not paying a fortune for things you can actually control, maybe it’s about time you reviewed how you and your family are spending your money and look into different ways of reducing your monthly outgoings.
If you’re in need of help with heating bills or are looking for new ways to save money, read on – you might even be able to put a few of these tips into practice to reduce your bills and to save more money for the little luxuries in life.
Your central heating system – how much energy are you using?
It can be so simple to turn on your central heating whenever you feel the slightest bit of cold. It can warm up your home quickly and provide so much comfort for you and your family. However, you may have noticed that when it gets particularly cold, comfort always wins.
You can help with heating bills significantly by reducing the amount of central heating you use. Even by turning down your thermostat by as little as one degree, you can save money month by month, and not even feel the difference. You can also be more cautious when you turn on your central heating; try and stick to 20 minutes in the morning and evening and only increase this amount when it is absolutely necessary.
Check your system is running efficiently.
One thing many people seem to forget is to look after their central heating system and regularly lookout for any signs of a fault. Is anything out of the ordinary? Are you noticing that your radiators are taking much longer to heat up than usual? You should also check your boiler pressure and radiators to ensure they aren’t making your central heating system work harder than it needs to. A more efficient system can mean much lower heating bills.
Invest in a smart thermostat.
If you’re not already using a smart thermostat, then it’s strongly recommended that you do. One of these devices can help you use the right amount of heat energy and allows you to set schedules based on your lifestyle.
For example, if you know that on Monday to Friday, you work from 8 am until 5 pm, you can set your thermostat for your heating to come on 20 minutes before you get out of bed, and 20 minutes before you’re due to come home. That way, you’ll ensure you’re not wasting energy throughout the day when your home will be empty. You’ll also be able to set different schedules for different days of the week at your convenience.
Upgrade to a better model.
If you’ve already tried a number of things to decrease your heating bills, have a think about how old your boiler is. It might be safe to say that it could be on its last legs. If your boiler is over ten years old, you should take the necessary precautions to have it replaced. A new boiler installation can sometimes be a big investment upfront, but when you find the right company and the best type for your home, you’ll save much more money in the long run.
When you’re looking for a new boiler model, it’s important to consider how you use your heating and hot water and how many occupants there are in your home. A boiler manufacturer or installer can give you more information about what is best suited to you.
Put on a couple more layers.
When you’re cold, your heating isn’t the only way to get warm. Put on a few extra layers of clothing, invest in some additional blankets or even fill up a hot water bottle before you get in bed. This way, you’ll be able to reuse your own body’s heat instead of using up more and more heat energy that will push your heating bills up further.
If you need help with heating bills, make sure to tick everything off this list.
It can be stressful when you’re paying out hundreds upon hundreds of pounds each month for all the necessities. As your heating bill takes up a large percentage of your monthly outgoings, looking into ways to reduce this will help you spend less and be more aware of the amount of energy you actually use.
Not only will following the right steps help you to save money, but it will also help the whole family stay comfortable, whatever the weather. Encourage your family to take the necessary energy-saving steps to more comfortable living, and with the money you save, you can spend time on what really matters; making memories!
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