The family home comes with many expenses, not least buying it in the first place, but it is the recurring payments that worry us the most. One such bill that potentially causes the most headaches is for heating, especially as energy companies are forever increasing prices and it becomes up to you to try and curve on such expenditure as much as possible.
These days, it’s all about getting efficient with your home to ensure that it isn’t losing any heat and no cold is getting in, whether your house is on a cosy cul-de-sac or in the country. It does not help that some households fail to realise the potential of proper insulation, as well as the likes of proper doors and windows. It is these sorts of energy-efficient methods, among others, that also help the environment, as wasteful energy is no good for the atmosphere.
The following are just a few tips that will help save the pennies in a family home when it comes to heating your humble abode, although it may be a case of spending money to save money (as is the case these days):
This is often a far from simple job, but one that is incredibly effective if done correctly. Adding insulation to the walls allows heat to be kept on the inside and the cold to remain outside; completing a similar job up in the loft or attic will help massively too. If you’re eco-minded, then using recycled materials to insulate walls and the roof might be something you’d like to do.
Finding drafts can be pretty tricky, but if you navigate around the home where you believe there to be one, take a candle or something that blows easily in a breeze to see where your main issues are. To seal them, use silicone caulk for drafts in non-moveable sources such as window frames and electrical locations, while using draft excluder strips on the likes of windows and doors. One expensive option in extreme cases might be to get completely new windows and doors.
General tips for your heating system and home
- The better a boiler or similar equipment is maintained the more efficiently it will run, so look to get it looked at at least once a year. This goes whether you have a conventional gas boiler or a tank for home heating oil.
- Use a programmable thermostat to make sure that the home’s heating is regulated at a balanced rate. Set it to turn down in daytime to save money, then set it to increase for a couple of hours before you go to bed, this way you can afford to turn it off altogether when you go to sleep as the home will have warmed up nicely.
- If you are lucky to live in a south-facing home, make sure your curtains are open during low hanging sun in the winter months to take advantage of any heat you might get, and then close them at night to keep in as much heat as possible.