How to keep your home warm (without a huge heating bill)
It’s no secret that British weather can be a bit miserable, even at the best of times and with the Christmas period recently behind us, few of us have money to throw away on pricy heating bills. It is believed that over 70% of household energy consumption is spent on heating homes.
So, buckle up as January and February are statically meant to be the coldest months of the year. And although locking yourselves indoors and putting the heating on max may seem like the only logical explanation, don’t be hasty…
Here are a few simple tips on how you can stay warm and cosy in your home this winter without huge heating bill.
Reposition objects blocking the radiator
Keeping big household objects such as sofas in front of radiators will block the heat from the rest of the room and it is essentially just a waste of heat. Try moving the room around so that minimal heat is getting trapped.
Double glazed windows are a great long term way to keep your home warm and save money. Most household heat escapes through windows so they’re a great way to trap heat into your home. The double layer of glass is separated by a small gap and the gap is filled with air. The trapped air acts as an insulator and keeps the house nice and warm.
Cover bare floorboards with rugs and carpets
Just like hot air can escape through windows, it can escape through the floor boards too. It is believed that floors can account for up to 10% of heat loss according to the National Energy Foundation (NEF) so by simply laying down rugs and carpets on the floor it prevents the heat from escaping. They also keep your feet nice and warm too which is an added bonus.
Shut the doors of unused rooms
By keeping the doors to unused rooms closed, it stops the heat from traveling into it, it’s pretty self-explanatory but the less heat that goes into the unused rooms, the more for the rooms you do you. The same applies with opening doors to help heat travel. When for example, you’re cooking in the kitchen or running a hot bath, leave the door to the next room open and the heat will travel through.