Why you could be paying more than you need to for your home heating
If you’re finding managing your household budget to be a challenge, you’re not alone. Lots of us wonder regularly how we can shave more money off our household bills, and look for new ways to save money on the things we can’t live without – like broadband, heating and the occasional treat from the nearest takeaway. When it comes to keeping your home warm, you never want to pay over the odds, but some people do, and it’s normally from the most surprising sources. Here’s a few ways you could be paying more than you need to for your home heating, and how to stop it.
Your boiler is old or hasn’t been serviced
An inefficient boiler could be wasting your hard earned cash on home heating oil, simply because it is not converting the oil into heating as effectively as it could. As your boiler ages, the parts naturally receive some wear and tear, and so they work less efficiently than they could. Over time, sludge can also build up along the fuel lines restricting the flow of oil to the boiler. To keep everything working as it should, make sure you get your boiler serviced once a year by a registered professional.
You have no insulation in place
Heating your home is one thing, but keeping it inside where it belongs is another. If you have heat escaping through the walls or the roof from lack of insulation, then it’s probably very likely that you’re paying more for home heating oil, by having to keep your heating on for longer or with the thermostat turned higher than needs be. If you can, now is the time to invest in some new attic insulation, before the cold weather really kicks in. It’s simple to install yourself too, and could make a real difference to your heating bills this winter.
Leaving it to the last minute to order
If you find yourself suddenly out of oil, and you just can’t wait a week for a delivery you’ll more than likely have to pay a higher delivery charge for delivering at short notice. Avoiding delivery charges, or paying minimal amounts will help you avoid paying more for your heating than you should, and it’s easy to monitor your oil usage using an electronic tank gauge.
Paying by credit card
If you’re paying for your home heating oil using a credit card, you’ll incur transaction fees which could easily be avoided if you use a debit card instead. This simple switch can be done easily if you budget each month a little for your home heating oil. Use this online budget tool from the Money Advice and Budgeting Service for help with managing your money and budgeting for your bills.
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