Ways to Save Heat & Fuel at Home

Ways to Save Heat & Fuel at Home

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For most households, energy is an expensive necessity. However, there are a number of things you can do to save heat and fuel at home this winter, which will not only save you money but will also make your house cosier and sustainable to run.

Here are some things you can do:

Understand your heating system and its controls. Take 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. For example, your home will take about 30 minutes to cool down (longer in a well-insulated property) so consider turning the heating off half an hour before you go to bed.
Turn your thermostat down. Reducing it by 1°C could save you energy and money (c.£75 per year), without noticing any difference. Central heating controls.
Avoid drying clothes on your radiators. This lowers the quantity of heat released by the radiators, so the boiler has to run for longer to achieve the same room temperature, thereby using more fuel overall.
Use a hot water bottle. It's cheaper than an electric blanket.
Investigate switching to a different energy supplier. You might be able to get a cheaper deal, especially if you haven’t switched for at least three years. Further information is available in this leaflet on switching your supplier.
Keep furniture away from radiators. The foam in upholstered furniture is a very effective heat insulator and prevents it getting into your room.
Use the sun. It’s the most readily available source of heat and it’s the cheapest! When it’s sunny, make the most of it by opening your internal doors and let the warm air flow through your home.
Draw the curtains. Especially at night, to keep the warmth in and the cold out. Also, tuck your curtains behind the radiators.
Fit extra curtains. For example, put a curtain across any single-glazed external doors.
Insulate your door furniture. Fit covers for your letter boxes and keyholes. You'd be surprised how much heat can be lost!
Fit a chimney balloon. If you have an open fireplace and it’s not being used, consider placing a chimney balloon in it.
Check the insulation in your loft/roof. Around 25% of heat lost in a typical uninsulated home escapes through the roof. You should have at least 270mm (11.5 inches) of insulation in the loft.....More: click for details

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