After what felt like an unseasonably warm Christmas, there is finally frost on the ground in the morning. Aesthetically, it’s a welcome sight – what could be prettier than frozen droplets on a spider’s web? However, practically it can be a hindrance rather than a help.
Not only does the icy weather make our morning commutes that little bit longer and more treacherous, but the colder weather can cause our heating bills to rocket. To help you avoid a nasty surprise when it’s time to pay for your heating usage, we’ve put together our top tips for reducing daily costs.
Thermal curtains (much like thermal underwear) are a fantastic way to insulate your home for a minimal investment cost. If you’re a dab hand when it comes to sewing then making your own allows you to choose the curtain pattern you want and will save you even more money. Thermal curtain lining can reduce heat loss by up to 25% to it’s certainly worth it in the long run.
Invest in a heated laundry rack rather than putting your wet clothes on the radiators – while your trousers might be getting toasty warm, your house will remain chilly if the heat is being blocked. They’re cheap to run and will ensure you’re kept warm.
If you’re going to be using the oven, then batch cook several meals at once on a chilly evening. Not only will this mean you’ve got meals for a week already prepared, but you’ll heat the room you’re in (the kitchen). Once the oven is off, leave the door open and let the heat escape as you divide up your meals into containers.
Find out if you’re able to qualify for a heating grant from the government. There are plenty of ways you can benefit from the grants that are available under the ECO and Green Deal schemes, from upgrading your boiler with a free boiler grant to installing a smart meter that helps track of how much you’re spending.
If you think that your home could be more efficient, then get in touch with Warm Front Ltd. Our expert team can provide you with an energy performance check and then make recommendations about how to improve your energy efficiency and cut your costs.