While there are plenty of fun aspects to the winter, from sledging to snowball fights, it can’t be denied that there are a number of downsides too. Freak hailstorms don't make anyone happy and neither does getting soaked by driving rain on your way to work. Then there are the rising costs of warmer clothes, increased transport use when it’s too horrible outside to walk and, of course, more expensive heating bills.
Luckily there are a number of ways that you can save money on your heating during winter. Elderly people are frequently targeted by campaigns to help them stay warm in winter, and quite rightly as they are less able to cope with extremes in temperature, but it’s worth bearing in mind that there are some tips suitable for everyone and young families will benefit from money and energy saving tips as much as pensioners will.
In the winter, it’s wise to think ahead and plan whether you’ll be using certain rooms and when you’ll be in the house. This allows you to use your heating in the most efficient way. So, for example, if you are typically out of the house for most of the day, setting your heating on a timer that will switch off once you are out of the house and back on a while before you come in will make sure you enjoy the best of both worlds.
When it comes to saving money and making the most of your heat in winter, insulation is absolutely key. Invest in decent insulation and you’ll find that it keeps heat in to a surprising degree. From adding insulation to your walls and wooden blinds to your windows to simply plugging up drafts with inexpensive doorstops, everything you do to keep the cold out and the heat in will help you in your crusade.
Making sure that your boiler and other appliances are all as efficient as possible is also a great way to ensure you’re making the most of your money in winter, modern, efficient boilers can make your energy use up to a third more efficient that older models. Just going to show that if you pay attention to your central heating you could find ways to cut your home energy bill drastically.
There are a few other very simple ways you can make sure that you save money in winter and at any other time of the year, these include ensuring that all electrical equipment is properly switched off rather than left on standby, making sure all doors and windows are kept shut when not in use, only boiling as much water in the kettle as you are planning to use and letting hot foods and liquids cool completely before storing them in a fridge or freezer.
Adam Singleton writes for a digital marketing agency. This article has been commissioned by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but should be considered professional content.