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10 Tips To Reduce Energy Costs This Winter

10 Tips To Reduce Energy Costs This Winter

Lisa George, 28th February 2018

10 Tips To Reduce Energy Costs This Winter

Keep your energy costs down this winter with these 10 simple steps.

1 .TURN DOWN THE HEAT BY ONE DEGREE
The smallest of margins can make a huge difference. According to the Energy Saving Trust, if you turn down the heat on your thermostat by one measly degree you can save 10% on your annual heating bill.

2. SET DIFFERENT TEMPERATURES IN EACH ROOM
Though not the easiest thing to remember, setting radiators at different temperatures is useful.
Let’s say, like most of us, you’re ‘chilling’ out in the living room in the evening, but you’ll want a bit of heat in the bedroom for when you decide to hit the hay.
You should keep the heating on at a low temperature upstairs because this will save you money on your heating and help you to not freeze in bed.

3. PROGRAMME YOUR HEATING
With an automatic timer you can set your heating to go on and off at varying points throughout the day. Programmers are great because they allow you to set different temperatures for each day of the week and mean you can customise the settings to their most efficient and effective positions.

4. KEEP YOUR RADIATORS CLEAR
Ensuring that furniture and clothes maidens and other obstructions have been moved will allow heat to circulate more freely around your room.

5. BUY A RADIATOR KEY
Bleeding radiators regularly can help them to run more efficiently.

6. START TRV’S OFF LOW
Turning a TRV up to its max setting won’t heat your room up any faster, that all depends on the size of your boiler and what kind of radiators you have got.
To begin with, you should start your TRV’s off on a lower setting and increase them gradually until they reach a warm and comfortable temperature.

7. KEEP THAT HOLIDAY HEATING TICKING OVER
If you are one of the half-a-million people that choose to leave the UK for the festive holidays, it may be a good idea to keep your heating ticking over on a low setting.
Doing this will help to ensure that your pipes don’t freeze up if the temperature drops, saving you many, many pennies on a potentially hefty repair bill.

8. SHUT THAT DOOR
The fact is closing your internal doors will keep the heat in as well as preventing the cold air from circulating through unoccupied rooms.

9. OPEN AND CLOSE YOUR CURTAINS
Opening your curtains is an important way of efficiently heating your house.
If you have south facing windows they are sure to let more light and therefore heat in, and shutting them at night will help to stop that heat from escaping as quickly.

10. SWITCH YOUR SUPPLIER
One of the best ways to save money is to just go out, shop around and find yourself a better deal.
If all else fails, putting on a jumper, snuggling under a blanket and doubling up the thermal wear is an effective and cheap way to get yourself warmer this winter.
Keep your energy costs down this winter with these 10 simple steps.
 


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