Oil prices have fluctuated as of late, in the midst of the credit crunch this has led to increases in the price of fuel sources such as petrol and natural gas.
With the winter months not too far away, there are some who will undoubtedly have some concerns about how they will be able to heat their homes for as little money as possible.
By taking the time to check a few little details around your home, and taking a few things into consideration when it comes to your daily routine, you can ensure that your house is toasty warm whilst saving you money on your gas and electricity bills.
- Take the time to perform an ‘energy audit’ of your property. This could be anything from the gaps under the doors to checking for damage to windows or fireplaces. Identify and repair areas which feel drafty, whether you purchase a draught excluder or additional insulation, anything which will help reduce heat loss, thus helping towards a cheap gas bill.
- Consider how long you use your central heating for. By adjusting the timer to activate the heating when you’re actually in the house it can help to save you money on your heating bills. Also, if there are rooms in the property – such as guest or spare rooms – which are not used that often, consider temporarily deactivating the radiators, and make use of space heaters if additional heat is needed.
- Don’t turn your thermostat up too high; make sure that the house is heated to a comfortable temperature and check that details such as curtains and insulating strips are in good condition. If you can afford it, look into fitting a programmable thermostat, which can help to heat the house whilst fitting around your working hours.
- Ensure that your boiler is well maintained, and that you seek professional assistance if you are looking to replace it. Combi-boilers, which recycle surplus heat are available, and could save you money on your gas and electricity bills.
- Try to minimise use of ventilation fans, both in the kitchen and the bathroom, in order to stop much needed heat from escaping.
- Watch your appliances – consider doing laundry at a lower temperature. You can now purchase detergents that are suited to lower temperatures, and switching to a lower temperature could help save you money on your electricity and water bills.
By keeping your eye on the little details, ensuring that you keep your insulation in good condition and try and economise on your heating and water use, you can help yourself to save money on your utilities and keep yourself warm in the cold winter months.