As the cold winter air begins to batter the outside of our homes, many of us will be trying to keep the inside warm and toasty – but this can often see bills creep up. Thankfully, there are lots of ways you can keep cosy this winter without splashing the cash.
Turn it down a notch
Did you know that dropping your thermostat by just one degree could save you around $60 every year? Your body is unlikely to notice such a small change in temperature, but your bank balance will.
If you’re trying to keep the thermostat down and your duvet is not thick enough to keep you warm, you don’t have to fork out for a higher winter tog. Just layer a fleece blanket over your usual duvet, creating an extra layer of insulation to keep you toasty.
To stop losing heat through your floors, consider buying a couple of cheap rugs to use in your cooler rooms. They will add that much needed layer of extra insulation, keeping it warmer and saving cash. It can also add an extra design pop to your interior – win-win!
Timing is money
It’s often said that leaving heating on a low setting all day is cheaper – but this is a myth. In the long run, it’s best to have your heating on only when you need it. If you use a timer, you can make sure you never leave it on for too long.
To keep things extra warm around your windows, close your drapes or curtains as soon as it gets dark – they provide an additional barrier to prevent heat loss through your windows.
Keep that heat flowing
Try to avoid putting furniture between your radiator and bed – it will block the warmth from reaching you. To really make the most of the heat you’re paying for, you could get a smart meter to help track and manage your consumption.
Source: The Sun