For most households, energy is an expensive necessity. Your central heating system is likely to be the biggest contributor to your household bills during the winter months. Which means it’s the first place you should turn your attention to if you’re looking to save money. There are a number of things you can do to save at home this winter, which will not only save you money in the long run but will also make your house cosier and more sustainable to run.

Insulate your home

If you want to reduce your carbon emissions and keep your energy bills low, installing insulation and draught-proofing will reduce heat loss.

There are many simple yet effective ways to insulate your home, which can significantly reduce heat loss while lowering your heating bills:

  • Roof and loft insulation
  • Draught proofing
  • Wall insulation
  • Double glazing windows and doors
  • Floor insulation

Radiators

Do you have a clean radiator system?

Making sure that your system water (the water that lives in your pipes and radiators) is clean and free of sludge will mean that your heating system is more efficient. It’s also good for the ongoing life of your boiler and central heating system.

A sign that your system may be overly sludgy is if you have cold spots on your radiators, or if some radiators take an age to heat up compared to others. Take a look at our guide on how to fix your cold spots.

Are your radiators balanced?

If your radiators are unbalanced, they will not heat up at the same speed as each other. This means some areas of your home will be colder than others. For example, in an unbalanced system, when you set the thermostat to 20 degrees, the upstairs might actually reach 23 degrees. While downstairs, where most of us spend the majority of our day, will still be too cold.

The end result of the poorly balanced system is that the thermostat is set at too high a temperature, which will lead to higher bills.

Thermostats

Room thermostat

This is best located in a living room, rather than the hallway, as the hall temperature can be affected by the front door being used. The thermostat records the home’s temperature and if it’s either at or above the set level it stops the boiler from operating the central heating.

Lower your thermostat

Reducing it by 1°C could save you energy and money (c.£75 per year), without noticing any difference. This can take off 5-10% off your heating bill. It’s also especially wise to turn down the heat whenever you leave your home for several hours.

Consider a programmable thermostat

Programmable thermostats are becoming more and more popular as people are realizing the many benefits they offer. Programmable thermostats allow homeowners flexibility in changing the temperature, even when they aren’t home, and they help save money on energy costs and monthly electric bills. Installing a programmable thermostat is a worthwhile investment that can save money immediately and in the years to come.