6 Top Tips to Keep Your Home Warm and Save Money
Winter is almost here meaning it’s time to get out the big jumpers, enjoy plenty of hot drinks and turn the heating up! The change in weather means that most people need to make a few changes in their home to stop the heat from escaping and overspending.
Here are 6 top tips to keep your home warm and save money this Winter.
- Use Your Curtains
Make the most of the free heat from the sun! During the day, open your curtains and let the sunlight in. When it gets dark, shut the curtains again as this will keep the warmth in your rooms by acting as another layer of insulation. Additionally, you should check that you don’t have any leaks or gaps. This will ensure that the cold air stays out and warm air stays in!
- Move Your Sofa
Although having your sofa in front of the radiator may be super cosy, it is stopping the heat from warming your home. Rearrange your living room and move your sofa away from the radiator as this will ensure hot air can circulate freely. As well as your sofa, you should move anything else that is sitting in front of the radiator and this will allow the heat to travel freely.
- Ensure Your Home is Insulated
According to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), homes lose an average of 20-30% heat through the walls; a figure that can be increased if they are not properly insulated. Additionally, up to 30% heat can be lost through the roof if it is not insulated properly. Although insulation is not cheap to install, you could save up to €160 a year in heating bills.
- Upgrade Your Boiler
When was the last time you replaced your boiler? If it was over 10 years ago, then it might be time to consider getting a more efficient model. Depending on your old boiler type, you could make significant savings when you switch to a new A-rate condensing boiler as it will use less energy to produce the same amount of energy. Plus, investing in a new boiler means that you are less likely to have any issues through-out the winter months.
- Turn Down the Heat
This may sound counterintuitive, but in fact, turning your thermostat down by 1°C could cut your heating bill by up to 10%. Most people tend to turn their heating up too high in their homes during Winter however, the SEAI state that 20 degrees Celsius is the ideal temperature for your home. So, turning your thermostat down slightly won’t make much of a different to the temperature in your home, but will help you save money!
- Don’t Let the Heat Escape Through the Chimney
Having an open fire is an aesthetically-pleasing and cosy feature in a house. While it can keep you toasty and warm, up to 90% of its heat is lost almost immediately through the chimney. Additionally, opens fires often increase draughts in the house. Prevent this from happening by investing in a chimney balloon this Winter, a reusable, easy-to-install item that reduces loss of heat.
At SuperSaver, we know how important it is to keep your house warm without overspending throughout the colder months. We believe that following these top tips will help you keep the heat in and manage your spending this winter. For more super saver tips, click here.