October is usually the month that Britain’s central heating gets powered up for the winter, this coincides with the clocks going back, which makes the evenings feel darker and colder, as well as a general drop in temperature. Heating homes accounts for as much as 70% of household energy consumption and it makes up a large percentage of our monthly bills. If you want to try and save a bit of money, and do your bit toward reducing energy waste, read our tips on keeping your house warm through winter.
- Use your curtains
Heat from the sun is free, and eco friendly, so keep your curtains open on sunny days, this lets light and heat into your house. When it gets dark shut your curtains, to trap in that heat you have been collecting all day
2. Use a central heating timer
Turning your central heating on at a lower temperature, but a little earlier, for example 30 minutes before you wake up in the morning, can save energy in comparison to turning it up high as soon as you need it. This is because your boiler heats up at a constant speed, whether you turn it on at 20 or 30, just remember not to leave it on all day.
3. Don’t put furniture in front of radiators
It’s lovely to feel the heat of the radiator behind you as you are huddled up on the sofa, but this is not ideal for energy efficiency. The sofa itself will absorb a lot of the heat, and it also blocks heat from travelling around your house. Also try to avoid putting wet washing near the radiator and this reduces the efficiency of your radiators.
4. Maximise your insulation
Around 25% of heat is lost through the roof, so make sure you have at least 25cm of insulation throughout your loft, to reduce heat waste. It is als worth checking your walls if you are serious about long term savings. Although wall insulation is not as cheap to install as loft insulation, you could save up to £160 a year in heating bills.
5. Fit underfloor heating
Underfloor heating is a great alternative to conventional heating. It covers a larger surface area and it runs at a lower temperature, meaning an underfloor heating system can be cheaper and more efficient than a conventional boiler solution. Some types of underfloor heating are electric, which means you could also utilise sustainable energy to power them.