Spoiler alert!!! Don't worry – we're not going to tell you to turn your heating down or dig out that Christmas onesie. Read on for a complete list of ways to heat your home while keeping the costs down this year.
We're all responsible adults with the ability to manage our money (I hope so!). However, there are moments when we hear a cost-cutting solution and think "WHY DIDN'T I THINK OF THAT?!" Well, this post is one of those a-h-a moments: it has you covered with a list of money saving tips for the colder months. No matter what heating method you use – Oil, Gas, Electricity or Wood – it's possible to reduce costs by following these simple steps.
1. Take control of your heating
With money on the mind, cost-effective heating is a number one priority. Despite the many options on the market, Heating Oil is by far the most popular. Did you know that 1.3 million homes in the UK choose this as an alternative to gas? In a recent report, OFTEC found that heating oil costs on average £964 less to heat a home than gas. If there's ever a reason to make the switch, this is it!
What's more, it's a family-friendly heating source. If you drop a match into an oil tank, it will go out as if dropped into a bowl of water. It's a contained heating alternative which keeps your family safe all year around. There's no risk of your child running into a wood burning fire or touching a stove when it's boiling. Summer is the perfect time to enquire; during the colder months, the demand increases and prices are sky high. Shop around for a competitive heating oil quote that falls within your budget.
2. Reorganise your room
Hands up, who's guilty of positioning their sofa against the radiator? Having your sofa in front of your radiator will block precious heat from being circulated around your home. Moving it is a simple solution, but one that will no doubt make a big difference. Consider positioning your sofa across from your windows to let in a stream of sunlight. This may or may not improve the aesthetics of your living room, but it will allow for more heat to enter your home, which is totally free!
3. Let in some light
Natural light is beautiful, bright and lets heat into your home. By leaving your curtains and windows open during the sunlight hours, you are welcoming heat from the sun into your home. However, remember to close your windows when the sun starts to set to avoid a pesky chill from creeping in.
4. Maximise your insulation
When it comes to heat, a good 25% of it is lost through your roof. This can be easily avoided by adding a solid layer of insulation to your loft. It's also worth checking your walls as a third of heat escapes through uninsulated walls. The cost of insulation doesn't come cheap, but it's well worth the investment, especially if you live in an older property like a bungalow or cottage. It's also worth checking with your energy supplier to see if they have any deals running on home insulation.
5. Block out the breeze
You're all settled in for the evening and start to feel a breeze making its way into the living room. There's a good chance it's coming from a drafty doorway. To combat this issue, you should work on draft-proofing windows and doors. Popular sausage dog draft-excluders can be sourced relatively cheap. However, if you are looking to save more money (and are feeling creative), why not make one yourself? Do a quick Google search for "DIY Draft-Excluder", and you'll find numerous tutorials. What's more, it will make for a fun family activity with the kids – another bonus!
So, there you have it, a complete list of simple solutions to retain heat and save money in the process. Have we got everything covered, or do you have some other tips to add? Do let us know your energy saving tips in the comments.
Disclosure: This article was produced in collaboration with Rix Petroleum who offer reliable, honest heating oil solutions for homeowners across the UK. If you are interested in heating oil to keep the costs down this year, then give them a call on 0800 542 4207 – they would love to offer you advice!