Heating a home can be expensive. But many of us spend far more on our heating bills than is necessary. Making a few improvements to your home could help you to conserve energy and spend less money. Here are just a few measures worth taking.
Stop heat escaping by insulating
A well-insulated home doesn’t need to be regularly heated – it stays warm itself. Preventing heat loss in your home could make a significant impact on your energy consumption. Take measures to seal up any cracks in your home. Draft excluders are a cheap way of preventing heat loss through gaps in doors. Thick curtains meanwhile may be all you need to stop heat being lost through windows. You then may want to consider some major insulation work. Loft insulation, cavity-wall insulation, double-glazing and underfloor insulation can all further help to prevent heat loss. Some of this can be DIYed, although a professional is likely to do a more effective job.
Upgrade your radiators
A heating aspect that most people don’t consider is their radiators. If your rads are over 15 years old, it’s likely they’ll be corroded on the inside, collecting radiator sludge and becoming less effective. Upgrading to new radiators could cause your home to heat up much more quickly.
Heat up water more efficiently
An electric tankless water heater could also be what’s needed to lower your heating bills. Many older homes still have a traditional tank of hot water. A great deal of energy has to be used to keep this tank of water warm. A tank-less water system heats up water only when it is being used in your home, lowering your energy consumption.
Look into more sustainable heating options
It could be worth going green in order to save money on your heating. Heating methods such as wood burners may be costly to install, but you’re likely to spend less in the long run buying wood pellets. Another option could be to use solar energy. By installing solar panels on your roof, you can generate your own electricity, which can then be used to provide your home with power and heating. Solar panels are similarly costly to install, but again you’ll make up costs in the long run.
Monitor your energy usage
Another way of reducing your heating bills could be to spend more time monitoring your energy usage. This could include having a designated time of the day in which you turn on and turn off your heating. You could even put your heating on a timer if you think this will help. Alternatively, you could set up an energy monitor, which reads how much energy you’re paying for as you’re using it. There are lots of meters out there for seeing how much you’re spending. You could even invest in a smart meter which sends your data directly to you provider.