While we all know that insulating attics is a great way to cut heating costs by as much as 30%, if you didn’t do it before the winter, you are unlikely to do it now until the milder weather sets in. Fear not, though, as it is not the only clever way to reduce your heating costs.
If you don’t have double glazing, you can prevent heat loss through your windows and patio doors by coating them in clear plastic. This is widely available and very economical. If done correctly, you won’t even notice that it’s there.
An astonishing 7-12% of a home’s heat is lost through windows and doors, so insulating them makes a huge difference. Find out where the drafts are by running a lit incense stick around the area. You can buy rolls of padded insulation to run around the inside of frames, which is really easy to apply. For the doors, you can invest in door thresholds that screw onto the bottom of the door and come down to the ground. Alternatively, get some good old fashioned draft excluders, which will also do the job.
How low can you go?
Most of us whack up our thermostat out of habit, but turning it down by even one degree can save you 3% on your heating bills, and you’ll still be perfectly cosy.
A lot of bottle
Sometimes, old school solutions are the best. Get some hot water bottles, fill them up, and scatter them around your sofa like cushions. They will create a cocoon of heat meaning you can leave the heating off while you watch your favourite TV shows.
If your home has a fireplace, a chimney balloon will help prevent heat escaping. They are inexpensive and easy to install – simply inflate them and put them in the chimney and if you do decide to light the fire and forget it’s there they are designed to deflate so there is no danger of an accident.