During the winter on the approach to Christmas, any opportunity to save money for the festive season is a bonus. Below are some great ways to save money on heating your home, so you can spend it on more important things.
- Using kitchen foil behind radiators to keep the heat from being absorbed through the walls, and instead reflect the heat back into the room, keeping it warmer for longer.
- Placing a shelf directly over the top of a radiator will deter the heat from the radiator from dissipating straight up to the roof, and instead redirecting it back into the room, reducing the amount of heat lost through the roof and floors.
- Having thick curtains can reduce the draught which enters a room through the windows, and also keep the warm air which is being circulated within a room from escaping outwards.
- Placing curtains in front of external doors on the inside can also help to reduce heat loss.
- Opening the curtains during the day will help to allow sunlight into a room to naturally warm the air inside.
- Alternatively you could use cheap, clear plastic shower curtains at your windows, which will allow sunlight to warm the room, yet still provide a barrier of insulation preventing cold air from creeping in.
Doors and Windows
- Using a draught excluder at the bottom of any doors (particularly external ones) is an effective way to reduce cool air from entering a room.
- Also using sealant, or self adhesive window draught excluder would allow you to open windows when necessary, yet reduce the heat loss through any gaps in the window fitting
- Sealing up small areas in your door such as key holes with either a plastic round protector or a brush type mechanism in your letterbox, can help to keep your home warm.
- Keeping doors to a room closed discourages air from circulating freely around your home, meaning you radiators won’t have to work as hard to heat the smaller space.
Using a combination of the above tips should drastically reduce the amount of heat lost in your home through easily rectifiable means, all of which are either free or reasonably cheap to implement.