We’ve had an unusually cold winter this year, and many of us have received rather hefty energy bills. In fact, they were so large that the UK government has issued vouchers for some households to compensate them for the additional spend.
Wouldn’t it be great if there were things that you could do to improve the heating in your home without having to turn it up, and without having to spend the extra cash? Well there is, and we are going to teach you the various tricks that the professionals use to keep their homes nice and toasty on the cheap.
Now, you might be asking why we are writing this article now, at the end of winter. Good question. It’s simply because some of the tips below are more cost effective if you do them now. They are usually tasks that people do in winter, and so the retailers increase their prices because they know there’s a lot of demand. In spring, the prices come down, so the perfect time to do these home improvements is now.
Tip 1: Block Out Those Nasty Drafts
The first thing you need to do is secure the home against drafts. There are many places where the drafts come in, but must notably it happens around windows and doors.
The first thing to do is to seal any gaps. For example, if you have a drafty letterbox, then install a back bin behind it. Not only will this catch your letters and stop them falling on the floor, but it will also stop drafts from coming in. Second, you can use putty and poly filler to seal gaps in doors, doorframes, and window frames.
Make sure that you also install ventilation outlets. You need some air in the house or it will develop problems such as condensation. You can then choose when to open the vents and so control when that cold air gets in.
Tip 2: Insulate the Roof
So, the recent snow may have shown you how well insulated your roof is. If the snow melted quickly, it means that your roof isn’t very well insulated and you need to do something about it. The government runs a number of schemes that allows you to insulate your roof free of charge. See if you are eligible. If not, it’s relatively cheap to do yourself, should cost around £300 at the most, and will save you money in the long term.
Tip 3: Make Sure Your Radiators Are Efficient
It might be worth doing an efficiency check on the radiators, or even changing them over. Now, when it comes to efficiency there are a few things to consider. Colour doesn't make much difference; anthracite radiators produce a similar amount of heat to white radiators. The only issue is reflective radiators (e.g. chrome). They are only efficient for use with towels. In terms of other aspects, triple panel and double convector finned radiators are the best on the market right now.