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Five ways to lower your heating bill

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Winter is rapidly approaching and as the temperature has suddenly dropped, many of you will no doubt have begrudgingly turned the heating on.

Although there is nothing we can do to avoid this added expense during the colder months, chances are that you’re paying far more than you should on your energy bills because your house isn’t as efficient as it could be.

Below are five simple ways to reduce the amount of heat escaping from your home which in turn will help to keep those bills down.

Insulate your loft

If you’re frequently left wondering why your house never feels warm despite the fact that you have the heating on all the time, your loft very well could be the culprit. If it isn’t insulated, this alone could be costing you a whopping 25% of the heat your house is producing.

Although you may feel reluctant to pay for the initial installation, loft insulation is well worth the cost. For the average semi-detached property, a properly insulated loft can reduce your heating bill by up to £140 per year and for a detached house, £240 per year.

Replace weatherstripping

Chances are that you don’t pay much attention to the weatherstripping around your windows and doors but something as simple as this could be making your house dramatically colder than it should be.

If your weatherstripping is torn or worn, this creates drafts and allows cold air to creep in. Seven to 12% of your home’s heat is lost through windows and doors and replacing the weatherstripping is one of the quickest and most affordable ways of reducing this.

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Dress your windows appropriately

As your windows are likely to be one of the biggest contributing factors towards heat escaping from your home, especially if you have single glazing, it’s important to ensure you have the right dressing for them. If you can feel a draught coming in from your windows, shutters can be the ideal way to keep the chill out.

Window shutters are not only brilliant heat insulators, they also look fantastic and offer far more privacy than curtains or blinds can.

Upgrade your thermostat

If your thermostat is getting on a bit, investing in a new one can help to reduce your energy bills by up to 10%.

The trick is to ensure that your thermostat is programmable because by automatically turning down the temperature by 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours a day, these thermostats can save huge amounts of money. A great time to set the thermostat to a lower temperature is either while you’re out at work all day or when you’re sleeping.

Make the most of the sun

Even when it’s freezing cold outside the sun’s rays can still bring heat into your home. Make sure you keep your curtains, blinds or shutters open during the day – especially in the rooms you know are exposed to direct sunlight. If you are at home in the daytime, it’s worth sitting in a room that benefits from the sun because it will be naturally warmer which will help to avoid the temptation of cranking the heating up.

 

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