August 2, 2018 by Chris Chapman
Save Money on Your Energy Bills This Winter
Heating bills are a real concern for all of us through winter. One in three Britons worry about heating bills this winter, and with electricity prices rising all the time there’s never been a better time to look at some options for cheap or free heating. If you’re one of the millions who are worried about their heating bills this winter, read on to learn how you can keep your house warm for less.
Put Clingfilm On Your Windows
Clingfilm is a brilliant invention with many amazing properties, one of them being the way it acts as sort of double glazing for your windows! Putting a sheet of clingfilm over your window traps a small layer of air between the glass and the clingfilm, meaning it helps stop heat from escaping your home. If you know anything about double glazing, you’ll know this is essentially how double glazing works!
Now, you shouldn’t expect miracles, and obviously, a sheet of clingfilm doesn’t work as well as proper double glazed windows. However, if you have any single glazed windows in your house, putting a sheet of clingfilm over them will still have a noticeable effect! If you already have double glazing you can still try this trick out, and while the effect won’t be as noticeable as it will with single glazed windows, it’ll still save you a few pennies in heating every day.
Put Tinfoil Behind Your Radiators
You probably know all about tinfoil’s reflective properties, so why not put this to good use inside your home? Radiators are designed to kick out heat into a room, but, naturally, some of this heat will also be lost through the wall so you won’t feel the full benefit. Putting tinfoil behind your radiators will reflect this heat back into the room, meaning you’ll cut down on waste and the money you spend on heating will go further.
Get a Smart Radiator
Smart radiators can seem expensive initially, but they’re packed with energy-saving features that mean they’ll have paid for themselves in a matter of months. We’ll use the MYLEK Smart Radiator as an example as it’s a market leader in energy-saving heaters right now thanks to its smart features and economical design. MYLEK’s smart radiator only needs to be powered for 60 seconds in order to generate enough heat to warm your room for a whole hour. This means you can heat any room in your house for an hour for just 0.03p of energy! For more information on how this works, we wrote a full breakdown that you can read here.
In addition, the MYLEK Smart Radiator can be fully programmed from anywhere in the world using its Wi-Fi app, so you can always monitor what temperature it’s at, and turn it on, off, up, or down even when you’re not at home. Having complete control over the heat in your home down to the degree will save you a lot of money over time, so a smart radiator is well worth the investment.
Curtains Aren’t Just for Windows
You probably know all about the benefits of thermal curtains by now – that’s the whole point of them, after all! But curtains aren’t just for windows, they’re good for your doors, too! Hang a curtain – or, if you don’t have one, a rug or a towel – over your front and back doors to add a layer of protection from draughts that might creep in through your letterbox. If you have any glazing in your doors, this will also stop some of the heat from escaping through the glass. Granted, this isn’t the prettiest solution, but it’s definitely effective!
Use Electric Blankets
Electric blankets have come a long way in recent years, and now you can find a heated blanket that’s as luxuriously soft as a regular blanket or throw and which is perfectly safe to use for extended periods. Most importantly for this article, though, if you find a good quality electric blanket you can keep yourself warm on a cold winter’s night without having to pay to heat up your entire room.
If you want to slide into a snuggly warm bed after a hard day at work, you don’t need to heat your whole bedroom. Pick up a fully fitted electric blanket that can warm your bed up in under 5 minutes for a fraction of the cost! If you just want something to keep warm while you’re on the sofa, an electric throw will keep you warm for as little as 1p per night, making them far more efficient for keeping yourself warm than central heating.
Position Your Furniture
You can save money on heating simply by moving your furniture around. It might be tempting to put your sofa right in front of the radiator, but if you want to heat your home efficiently, this is a bad idea. Placing furniture too close to radiators means that a lot of the radiators’ warmth will get absorbed into the furniture rather than heat up the room. Make sure you leave plenty of space for your radiators to work their magic and heat the whole room rather than just your armchair!
Turn Down Your Thermostat
Turning down your thermostat by just a single degree can save you big money. Believe it or not, this could cut your heating bill by up to 10%! Make up for the difference by wrapping up warm – you could invest the money you save in a stylish jumper and still have some spare cash left over!
Don’t Let Heat Go Up the Chimney
If you have an older house, you might have a chimney that you don’t even use. Many older builds have fireplaces that are purely decorative, and these can let a lot of warmth escape from your house up the chimney! Pick up a chimney balloon online and stick it up your chimney. This is a little, insulated balloon that sits just out of view inside your chimney that will stop heat from escaping and will mean you’re spending a lot less money on heating that you won’t feel the benefit of. You can also use a chimney balloon to block up a working fireplace when it’s not in use, but remember to remove it when you want to light your fire again.