How to stay warm and save money this winter
During the winter months, your heating bill can take up a large and currently increasing, chunk of your monthly budget, therefore, it’s important to find ways to save money on heating costs.
There are a few simple things you can do to lower your heating bill without sacrificing your comfort.
Tips on how to stay warm at home during the day:
- heat your main living room to around 18-21ºC (64-70ºF) and the rest of the house to at least 16ºC (61ºF)
- Heat all the rooms you use during the day; this keeps the entire house at an even temperature and makes maintaining an even heat easier and cheaper, your boiler is on tick over maintaining the heat.
- If you can’t heat all your rooms, make sure you keep your living room warm throughout the day and heat your bedroom before going to bed
- Set the timer on your heating to come on before you get up and switch off when you go to bed
- In very cold weather, set the heating to come on earlier rather than turning the thermostat up, so you won’t be cold while you wait for your home to heat up
Staying warm at home at night
- keep the temperature above 18°C (65°F) in your bedroom
Now that you have generated the heat, you need to think about reusing it and the best way is by installing a heat recovery system, or as we call it an MVHR system. (Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery)
As the name suggests the MVHR system both ventilates your home with fresh air, which is essential, plus recovers and reuses the heat that you have generated. MVHR systems continuously extract moist, stale, and polluted air from the wet rooms of a property, such as bathrooms, utility rooms and kitchens. This air is passed through a heat exchanger, which recovers and retains at least 90% of the heat that would otherwise be lost from the extracted air. The heat exchanger simultaneously heats up the incoming fresh air, which then goes to the dry rooms, creating a continual sweep of fresh warm air around the house.
There are a variety of other ways to save money on your heating costs. By following these tips, you can keep your home comfortable and your wallet full.
So, what practical things can we do?
Get a programmable thermostat: A programmable thermostat can help you save money by automatically turning down the heat when you’re not home.
Seal your windows and doors: Sealing your windows and doors will help keep the heat in and the cold out. The most energy-efficient type of glass for double and triple glazing is low emissivity (low-E) glass. Low-E glass has a microscopically thin coating of metal oxide on one of the internal glass surfaces. This coating reflects heat back into the home but still lets in the light from outside.
Dressing in layers is a great way to stay comfortable without cranking up the heat.
Make sure your home is well insulated, floors, walls, and roof spaces, in other words, doing the best to keep the heat in, whilst allowing the MVHR system to look after the ventilation.
What are my next steps?
By using just one of these tips or by utilising several, you stand to save a tidy sum off the cost of your heating this winter.
Recovering what would be lost heat with an MVHR system which helps your boiler work less and easier is a surefire way to save on oil or gas.
Turning down the thermostat even just 1 or 2 degrees will also help.
Now mix that with wearing clothes in comfortable layers and you really are on the path to becoming a money-saving guru, well a warm money-saving guru.
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