7 easy ways to save money on heating oil this winter
Winter is well on its way and the forecasts suggest it is going to be a cold one so ensuring you are prepared is vital. Simply by making a few winter preparations and small changes around the house, you could see a reduction in energy usage, which will reduce the frequency of heating oil top-ups therefore saving you money on your heating bills.
If you want to make your oil supply go further this winter, check out our 7 easy ways to save money on heating oil this winter.
1. Understand your heating system
Are you guilty of not fully understanding your heating system? Don’t worry as many people don’t take the time to fully understand their heating system and controls. Our number one tip this winter is to take the time to learn how your heating system works and how to use the controls properly – so that you can use it in the best and most cost-effective way for you.
You can set an automatic timer to turn your heating on and off at different stages throughout the day, so you don’t waste heat when you’re not at home. The trick is to set your heating to come on half an hour before you get home or get up, and set it to switch off half an hour before you no longer need it. This is because an average home takes around 30 minutes to heat up when the heating comes on and 30 minutes to cool down when it goes off.
Also consider turning your thermostat down. Thermostats are normally set between 18 and 21ºC. This is a comfortable temperature for most people. People who are older or have health problems need to keep their home warmer than 21ºC. Simply by reducing room temperature by 1ºC, you can save up to 10% off your annual fuel bill.
Insulation is the most effective way to keep heat in and the cold out and is an integral part of energy saving. If the insulation of your home is inadequate, heat will escape more quickly causing you to use more fuel especially in the winter. Installing good quality insulation can be most beneficial and help you save money on your heating bills this winter.
Here you will find our tips on cheap ways to insulate your home.
3. Service Your Boiler
Your boiler is an appliance that is used every day and therefore needs to regularly serviced. Without this professional service your boiler could be working harder and using more fuel than is needed to heat your home. By booking an annual service, you can improve your boiler’s efficiency and reduce the chance of expensive breakdowns or maintenance issues over the winter months.
4. Order oil early
Make winter run more smoothly by getting an early heating oil order as fuel prices often increase during the winter months. Also, if possible, try and order as much fuel as you can as you will get better value for money on larger deliveries. The larger the order the lower the pence per litre rate as the cost of delivery for the distributor is reduced, thus saving you more money over a 12-month period.
With Super saver Oil you can save money depending on when you want your oil delivered. It’s simple, on certain days we deliver more oil to certain areas. That helps us save money, and we pass the saving on to you.
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5. Seal up those drafts
Investing in double or triple glazing, sealing gaps and drafts around the edges windows and floorboards are effective ways of preventing heat loss. Resealing any of these gaps will instantly reduce the drafts in your home, and draft excluders along the bottom of your doors will keep you feeling cosy and warm.
6. Curtains & Blinds
Curtains and blinds are a very good option for preventing heat loss and insulating your home. When you need extra warmth, open them up to let the sun’s rays in and close them at night to give more insulation against cold. Also, don’t let your curtains hang over a radiator, as this will stop the heat from radiating to warm the room. Try to keep the surface of your radiator clear always.
7. Bleed radiators
Check your radiators are heating all over. If they aren’t, the chances are you need to bleed your radiator. Doing this when needed can prolong the life and maximise the performance of your heating system. Also, avoid drying clothes on your radiators as this lowers the amount of heat released by the radiators, and as a result your boiler needs to run for longer to achieve the same room temperature, thus using more fuel overall.
Don’t get caught out in the cold. Use Super Saver Oil’s tips to help you cut the cost of your energy bill during the winter months.