As temperatures plummet, heating bills rise and it is a big worry for many. But fear not there are lots of things you can do to make keeping the heat in and the cold out more affordable and here are 6 of them!
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- Switch energy suppliers – USwitch can help you compare prices and potentially save money on your bills. If you would prefer a renewable tariff you can compare against companies like Octopus Energy * on there too.
- If you have a cold drafty chimney and a fireplace that isn’t being used then stick a chimney balloon* up it! They are reasonably priced and help to stop the heat escaping up your chimney. Make sure you take the chimney balloon out before lighting a fire though!
- A lot of heat is lost through windows and adding some thermal curtains* can really make a difference!
- Shutting doors is a simple thing to do and it helps to retain the heat in a warm room.
- To keep even more heat in a room after shutting the door put a draught excluder* along the bottom of the door.
- Getting cold at night time – time to change that duvet! A duvet with a thick tog rating* will make so much difference and will keep you snug and warm all night long!
You don’t have to spend a fortune on heat saving products – I have bought most of our curtains from charity shops, making a draught excluder could be a fun project and we made our own DIY chimney balloon. Sometimes though it is a good idea to make an investment in a good quality product that will last a long time and will save you money in the long run.
What do you do to keep your warm in winter and to keep the heating bills down?UPDATE: Since I wrote this blog post I now have another one on intelligent and remote heating controls which can also potentially help save money on energy bills – so take a look!
Coming soon: Look out for my post next Monday on 6 top eco gifts for the men in your life this Christmas (now published)!