How to reduce heating bills in the Winter

You can try and put it off for as long as you like. But when the cold of winter sets in, there comes a time when you simply have to heat your home.

The problem facing most people in the UK today is that the cost of doing this has only been going up in recent years.

You might sit there and think that’s just the way of the world. But when you start noticing the effect heating bills are having on your bank balance, then the reality of these rises will really hit home.

So this begs the question - what can be done to lower your heating bills?

You might think there’s quite an obvious answer to this - don’t use your heating as much!

This is true to an extent, but finding alternative ways to heat your home and techniques to prevent your home’s temperature dropping is just as important.

By changing your approach to home heating, you can start reducing the cost of your heating bills this winter and enjoy the savings you make.

Our latest blog takes a look at some of the best ways to get more efficient heating bills, offering some tips and tricks you may not have considered previously. Take a look.

What’s the state of play?

a radiator in a domestic setting

Before pinning down some of the best ways to help you enjoy low heating bills, it’s important to analyse what your current situation is.

Firstly, which tariff are you on? These can vary from home to home, and is usually different for commercial businesses. The two most common are metered rates, and fixed charge tariff. But if you’re on a fixed charge for example that’s too high and doesn’t reflect your actual usage, you’re throwing cash away.

It’s worth speaking with your energy supplier to see if there’s a better option for you. We encourage you to review your tariff and see if there’s an immediate saving that could be made simply by changing this.

Also, are your heaters performing to their optimal level? Radiators for example can deteriorate over time, and require bleeding. By taking the time to identify any flaws or problems with your heating systems, you can make small changes that can help increase the system’s ability to heat your home. This allows you to manage your heating more efficiently and effectively.

A further thing to look at is the quality of your windows and doors, and whether they could be culpable in letting heat out or cold in. If you have old windows or doors for example, they may be letting in draughts and cold air that will lower the overall air temperature within your home. This will only lead to discomfort, and therefore the desire to increase your heating usage.

And have a look at your letterbox too. A loose letterbox can a major draught cause, so consider draught proofing your home in every way you can.

Tips and Tricks

somebody lying in bed trying to stay warm. 

We have a few handy tips and tricks to help keep your home as warm and toasty as possible, allowing you to feel comfortable without having to crank that thermostat up.

The first is to do with insulation in your home. If your home isn’t properly or efficiently insulated, you will lose heat quickly and find yourself feeling the cold all the more. Review your insulation set up, particularly loft insulation as heat rises. You could quickly find an easy way to keep your home warmer for longer.

You can also review your boiler’s usage. Have you got it set up on a timer? And if so, is this setup the best way to distribute heat throughout your home at the optimal time? If not, try to tweak your timer to ensure that your heating is coming on and going off at the right time for your family.

Also look at your heating system and the technology at play. What type of heater does your home have and what are you using? Convection heaters? Oil filled heaters? Fan heaters?

If your heaters are old and tired, they might not be doing an optimal job of heating your home. So consider upgrading to more modern alternatives. Obviously, this will involve a cost initially. But they should prove cost effective in the long run.

If you want to take things to the next level, you can even start analysing the kWh stats for each of your main appliances. If you find that one of your main appliances is using a higher kWh output than you would like it to, it might be worth updating this item to a more energy efficient model.

By taking a look at all of these areas, you can help get more favourable meter readings, and bring your energy bills down.

There’s simpler, easier tricks too. Consider buying thicker duvets to help you stay warmer at night. Look to bring in blackout blinds, and be sure to get your blinds and curtains closed to prevent heat escaping unnecessarily!

You may well have heard of smart meters and the benefits they can bring. These are an additional way of staying on top of your energy usage and can help you be more vigilant and careful.

However you approach it, any step you can take to lower your gas and electricity bills is a positive move.

Stay warm, stay green

a black wood stove in a cold setting

Hopefully this blog has so far given you a good few points and areas to consider when looking to review energy usage in your home. It’s amazing what a few small changes can do to your bills, but the onus is on you to go ahead and make those changes.

Also look to spread the word throughout the family. It really does take everybody to contribute to your energy saving efforts in order for everybody to feel the full effects. So encourage everybody to get involved!

If you’re seeking alternative ways to get home warm and looking to harness the possibilities of green energy, Navitron can help.

We have a selection of heat pump technologies, including ASHP accessories and fittings for air source heat pumps, and accessories for ground source heat pumps too.

Navitron also have a range of wood burning stove accessories that can help you powerfully and effectively heat your home without the need to tap into your mains energy supply. We have a great relationship with Burley, a leader in the provision of wood burning stove technology, and can advise on the best option for your home.

Contact a member of the Navitron team today to discuss the possible alternative heating options and how you can save cash in the long run.

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