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Winter is on its way, which means you'll be relying on your heating a lot more than usual in the coming months. If you aren't careful, this could mean that your energy bills will soar. So, what can you do to keep your heating bills down? Read on to find out.
According to USwitch, turning your thermostat down by as little as one degree could save you up to £60 a year. So, to get more out of your heating for less, simply turn it down to the lowest comfortable setting.
It has also been proven that constantly having your heating on low is actually more efficient than turning it right up when you're feeling the cold. So, this year, try turning your heating down slightly and leave it on. Both you and your wallet are sure to feel the difference.
The Oil Firing Technical Association estimates that 1.4 million families who live rurally in the UK rely on heating oil to heat their homes. If this applies to you, you can save a great deal of money by buying your heating oil at the right time.
Of course, as the demand for heating oil increasing in the lead up to winter, companies tend to put their prices up. Therefore, heating oil tends to be the cheapest during the summer and the most expensive in December. Rix Petroleum has a
heating oil quote calculator, which you can use throughout the year to determine when is the best time to buy your winter supply.
If your home isn't adequately insulated, a lot of the heat you’re paying for will escape, and you'll be tempted to turn your thermostat up to compensate for this. According to the Energy Saving Trust, a quarter of your home's heat is lost through its roof, while you can lose up to 40 per cent through its walls. So, it will certainly pay to have your home properly insulated.
You should also try to exclude draughts where possible. Windows, doors, letterboxes, chimneys and loft hatches are particularly common problem areas when it comes to draughts, so take a look at these areas to see if any seals need to be replaced, or gaps can be filled.
The most effective — and, perhaps, obvious — way to keep your heating bills down is by reducing how much your family relies on your heating in general. So, by doing something as simple as wearing an extra jumper, or wrapping yourself up in a blanket, you could save a decent amount of money. Layering up will cost you nothing, and will allow you to turn your heating right down, or even off all together.
This year, ensure you aren’t paying over the odds for your heating by only using as much as you need. By taking some of these steps, you’ll be able to keep your family warm without having to foot a huge bill for the privilege.