Everyday living is becoming more and more expensive. From fuel bills to your weekly shop, homeowners are actively looking for a more cost-effective way of life. Heating your home more efficiently is one way that could help you lower your outgoings. Below we outline ways in which you could heat your home effectively without making your bills go sky high.
Changing your energy provider
You could save money on your bills by simply changing your energy provider. Check if you're on the cheapest suitable tariff with your current supplier, and if there are lower rates available from an alternative company, it could serve you (and your finances) well to switch. Switching your supplier regularly could result in significant savings – perhaps hundreds of pounds a year – so it's typically well worth taking the time to research and change if needed.
Turn down your thermostat
Turning your thermostat down by just 1ºC could have a significant impact on your heating costs – without making much difference to the temperature in your home. You could save up to 10%, or around £75 on your annual bills, by making this quick and easy change (Energy Saving Trust) It’s typically recommended for you to set your thermostat at the lowest comfortable temperature.
Most of the older homes in the UK weren't originally built with insulation and you could be losing a third of your heating costs through your walls (National Institute Association). Investing in insulation could therefore make your home warmer and reduce your bills**. It's best to consult a professional about insulating your walls, roof and floors as they will have expert knowledge on factors such as condensation, however there are also things you could do yourself to keep the chilly air out. Sealing gaps around doors, windows and letterboxes, insulating your boiler, tanks and pipes, and hanging thermal curtains could all help.
Invest in a new boiler
Your boiler's gas consumption makes up around 55% of your energy bills, so installing a new boiler could help to reduce your gas bill**. Compared to an old G-rated boiler, a new A-rated energy-efficient condensing boiler could burn fuel more economically to reduce heat loss, knocking as much as £200 per year off your bills**. A more efficient system could also cut carbon dioxide emissions, so you'll be doing your bit to help the planet. There's a wide range of different types, brands and models of boiler available from HomeServe, and to help you choose the best system for your home, you could use our free online quote tool. The tool is designed to give you an idea of the cost of installing a new boiler into your home, as well as recommending a suitable system for your heating and hot-water needs.
Install a smart thermostat
Smart thermostats are designed to monitor and analyse how you use your central heating, it could then create heating schedules to help ensure your home is at the right temperature for you. These clever gadgets could even be controlled remotely by your phone or tablet, potentially enhancing your control over your heating. Learn more about how smart thermostats work and discover the benefits they could offer your home in particular; we offer products from Nest, Tado and Netatmo.