According to the experts, to save a few valuable £’s you should switch on your heating on the 31st of October. But when you’ve ‘switched on’ how can you make sure you save as much money and don’t end up draining that heating oil tank more quickly than you need to.
Here are our top tips!
1. Upgrade Your Thermostat
Thermostats can degrade over time; this leads to delays in your boiler switching on or your home being heated more than is required. An investment in replacing your thermostat could provide for greater accuracy in thermostat to boiler communication, preventing energy from being wasted, and saving you money.
2. Stop Draughts
The cheapest and simplest way to stop heat from escaping is to draft proof your home. These ‘problem’ areas could include doors, windows, chimneys and floorboards.
3. Add an Extra Layer (or two)
Turn the thermostat down a degree and put on a jumper… that simple!
4. Introduce Soft Furnishings
Many homes have wood or tile floors nowadays. By adding a rug or thicker curtains to your windows you can make a real difference to heat loss.
5. Turn Your Thermostat Down By 1°C
The ‘step down’ challenge – turn your thermostat down by 1 degree and save up to 10% on your heating bills. TOP TIP – when your room feels chilly don’t crank up the thermostat to warm it up more quickly – all this does is send your fuel bills rocketing!
6. Clean Your Radiators
A build-up of dust can affect your health, allergies and your heating bill. Layers of dust in your radiator can prevent heat from escaping effectively, meaning your radiators will have to work harder to warm your room.
7. While we are on the subject… Don’t Dry Your Clothes on radiators
If your radiator is drying clothes and heating a room it simply puts pressure on your boiler and ups your heating fuel costs – as well as creating possible issues with damp.
8. Check Your Radiator Cover
Covers made from materials such as wood are poor conductors and can prevent heat from being dispersed effectively – wasting energy and money. If your radiator cover has a solid top then you may be losing even more heat, as it will be absorbed by the top of the cover.
9. Bleed Your Radiators
Feel your radiators when your heating is on, if the radiator is warm at the bottom but cold at the top this is generally a sign that air is present… so time to find your radiator key and get that air out!
10. Get Your Boiler Serviced
If a boiler is old and seen better days, the chances are that it’s not working as efficiently as it could. Book a service or invest in a replacement for long terms savings.
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